Definition of parsley in English:

parsley

Line breaks: pars|ley
Pronunciation: /ˈpɑːsli
 
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noun

[mass noun]
A biennial plant with white flowers and aromatic leaves which are either crinkly or flat and are used as a culinary herb and for garnishing food.
  • Petroselinum crispum, family Umbelliferae (or Apiaceae; the parsley family). Members of this family have their flowers arranged in umbels and are known as umbellifers; typical members include hogweed and hemlock as well as many food plants and herbs (carrot, parsnip, celery, fennel, anise)
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  • Finely chop the shallots, garlic, basil, celery, parsley and beetroot and place in a bowl.
  • Add the balsamic vinegar, parsley, thyme, salt and pepper to the frying pan and bring to the boil.
  • I am now the proud owner of all the fresh basil, bay leaves, thyme, sage and parsley a girl could want.

Origin

Old English petersilie, via late Latin based on Greek petroselinon, from petra 'rock' + selinon 'parsley', influenced in Middle English by Old French peresil, of the same origin.

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