n. pl. pars·leys
1. A member of the parsley family.
a. A cultivated Eurasian herb (Petroselinum crispum) having edible, flat or curled, finely divided leaves.
b. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning or garnish.
[Middle English persely, from Old English petersilie and Old French persil, both ultimately from Late Latin petresilium, alteration of Latin petroselīnum, from Greek petroselīnon : petrā, rock; see per-2 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + selīnon, celery.]
(click for a larger image)parsley
curly(left) and flat-leaf parsley (right)
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