Definition of chervil in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈtʃəːvɪl


[mass noun]
  • A Eurasian plant of the parsley family, with delicate fern-like leaves which are used as a culinary herb.
    • Anthriscus cerefolium, family Umbelliferae
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    • Choose five of the following fresh herbs: flat-leaf parsley, chives, mint, chervil, basil, dill, tarragon.
    • Flat-leaf parsley, chervil or tarragon all work nicely in there, too.
    • If desired, garnish each tartlet with a leaf of chervil or a small sprig of dill.


Old English, from Latin chaerephylla, from Greek khairephullon.

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