[sel-uh-ree, sel-ree]
a plant, Apium graveolens, of the parsley family, whose leafstalks are eaten raw or cooked.

1655–65; < French céleri < Italian seleri, plural of seleroGreek sélinon parsley

celery, salary.
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celery (ˈsɛlərɪ)
1.  See also celeriac an umbelliferous Eurasian plant, Apium graveolens dulce, whose blanched leafstalks are used in salads or cooked as a vegetable
2.  wild celery a related and similar plant, Apium graveolens
[C17: from French céleri, from Italian (Lombardy) dialect selleri (plural), from Greek selinon parsley]

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1660s, from Fr. céleri, from It. (Lombard dialect) seleri (pl.), from L.L. selinon, from Gk. selinon "parsley."
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Mountain gorillas eat mostly herbs-wild celery, nettles, bedstraw.
Half of the participants were also shown an obviously healthful side dish, such
  as three sticks of celery.
In other words, they could not distinguish a carrot from a stick of celery, but
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He bought a head of celery and, for good measure, some ducks' feet to use in
  making stock.
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