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Webster's 1828 Dictionary

P`ARSLEY, n. [L. petroselinon; Gr. a stone, and parsley; stone-parsley, a plant growing among rocks.] A plant of the genus Apium. The leaves of parsley are used in cookery, and the root is an aperient medicine.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: annual or perennial herb with aromatic leaves [syn: parsley, Petroselinum crispum]
2: aromatic herb with flat or crinkly leaves that are cut finely and used to garnish food

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English persely, from Old English petersilie, from Vulgar Latin *petrosilium, alteration of Latin petroselinum, from Greek petroselinon, from petros stone + selinon celery Date: before 12th century a European biennial herb (Petroselinum crispum) of the carrot family widely grown for its finely dissected curly or flat leaves which are used as an herb or garnish; also the leaves

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. a biennial herb, Petroselinum crispum, with white flowers and crinkly aromatic leaves, used for seasoning and garnishing food. Phrases and idioms: parsley fern a fern, Cryptogramma crispa, with leaves like parsley. parsley-piert a dwarf annual herb, Aphanes arvensis. Etymology: ME percil, per(e)sil f. OF peresil, and OE petersilie ult. f. L petroselinum f. Gk petroselinon; parsley-piert prob. corrupt. of F perce-pierre pierce stone

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Parsley Pars"ley, n. [OE. persely, persil, F. persil, L. petroselinum rock parsley, Gr. ?; ? stone + ? parsley. Cf. Celery.] (Bot.) An aromatic umbelliferous herb (Carum Petroselinum), having finely divided leaves which are used in cookery and as a garnish. As she went to the garden for parsley, to stuff a rabbit. --Shak. Fool's parsley. See under Fool. Hedge parsley, Milk parsley, Stone parsley, names given to various weeds of similar appearance to the parsley. Parsley fern (Bot.), a small fern with leaves resembling parsley (Cryptogramme crispa). Parsley piert (Bot.), a small herb (Alchemilla arvensis) formerly used as a remedy for calculus.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

Parsley is a small plant with curly leaves that are used for flavouring or decorating savoury food. ...parsley sauce.

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