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parsley

[pahr-slee]
noun
1.
an herb, Pertoselinum crispum, native to the Mediterranean, having either curled leaf clusters (French parsley) or flat compound leaves (Italian parsley) widely cultivated for use in garnishing or seasoning food. Compare parsley family.
2.
the leaves of this plant, used to garnish or season food.
3.
any of certain allied or similar plants.
adjective
4.
Also, parslied, parsleyed. cooked or garnished with parsley: parsley potatoes.

Origin:
before 1000; Middle English persely, blend of Old English petersilie and Old French persil; both < Late Latin *petrosilium, alteration of Latin petroselīnum < Greek petrosélīnon rock-parsley. See petro-, celery

parsleylike, adjective
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parsley (ˈpɑːslɪ)
 
n
1.  a S European umbelliferous plant, Petroselinum crispum, widely cultivated for its curled aromatic leaves, which are used in cooking
2.  any of various similar and related plants, such as fool's-parsley, stone parsley, and cow parsley
 
[C14 persely, from Old English petersilie + Old French persil, peresil, both ultimately from Latin petroselīnum rock parsley, from Greek petroselinon, from petra rock + selinon parsley]

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parsley
14c. merger of O.E. petersilie, O.Fr. peresil (13c.), both from M.L. petrosilium, from L. petroselinum, from Gk. petroselinon "rock-parsley," from petros "rock, stone" + selinon "celery."
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