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[chur-vil] /ˈtʃɜr vɪl/
an herb, Anthriscus cerefolium, of the parsley family, having aromatic leaves used to flavor soups, salads, etc.
any of several other plants of the same genus or allied genera.
Origin of chervil
before 900; Middle English chervelle, Old English cerfelle < Latin chaerephylla, plural of chaerephyllum < Greek chairéphyllon, equivalent to chaîre hail (greeting) + phýllon leaf Unabridged
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  • Finish with a salad of frisee, chives, parsley, tarragon and chervil lightly dressed with the vinaigrette.

    Fresh Picks Ben Pollinger February 9, 2011
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British Dictionary definitions for chervil


an aromatic umbelliferous Eurasian plant, Anthriscus cerefolium, with small white flowers and aniseed-flavoured leaves used as herbs in soups and salads
bur chervil, a similar and related plant, Anthriscus caucalis
a related plant, Chaerophyllum temulentum, having a hairy purple-spotted stem
Word Origin
Old English cerfelle, from Latin caerephylla, plural of caerephyllum chervil, from Greek khairephullon, from khairein to enjoy + phullon leaf
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Word Origin and History for chervil

type of herb, Old English cerfelle "chervil," from Latin chaerephyllum, from Greek khairephyllon; second element phyllon "leaf" (see folio); first element perhaps from khairein "to rejoice" (see hortatory).

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