Definition of Parsley

1. Noun. Annual or perennial herb with aromatic leaves.

2. Noun. Aromatic herb with flat or crinkly leaves that are cut finely and used to garnish food.
Generic synonyms: Herb

Definition of Parsley

1. n. An aromatic umbelliferous herb (Carum Petroselinum), having finely divided leaves which are used in cookery and as a garnish.

Definition of Parsley

1. Noun. A bright green, biennial herb, ''Petroselinum crispum'' or ''Petroselinum neapolitanum'' having either flat or curled leaves. ¹

2. Noun. The leaves of this plant used in Middle Eastern, European, and American cooking. ¹

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Definition of Parsley

1. a cultivated herb [n -LEYS] : PARSLEYED, PARSLIED [adj]

Medical Definition of Parsley

1. 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 Fool. Hedge parsley, Milk parsley, Stone parsley, names given to various weeds of similar appearance to the parsley. Parsley fern, a small herb (Alchemilla arvensis) formerly used as a remedy for calculus. Origin: OE. Persely, persil, F. Persil, L. Petroselinum rock parsley, Gr.; stone + parsley. Cf. Celery. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Parsley

parsley (current term)
parsley-leaved thorn
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Literary usage of Parsley

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1. A Dictionary of English Plant-names by James Britten, Robert Holland (1886)
"parsley. The general name for Petroselinum sativum, Hoffm.— Lyte. Prior, p. ... parsley, Milk. See Milk parsley. parsley, Mountain. See Mountain parsley. ..."

2. A Manual of Medical Jurisprudence by Alfred Swaine Taylor (1880)
"The leaves so closely resemble those of parsley that they ... This plant is known from garden parsley by the smell of its leaves when rubbed, ..."

3. Hand-book of Chemistry by Leopold Gmelin, Henry Watts (1862)
"When oil of parsley i» fractional')' distilled till the residue solidifies, ... The watery distillate of parsley-seed deposits, in addition to the camphor, ..."

4. A New System of Domestic Cookery: Formed Upon Principles of Economy and by Maria Eliza Ketelby Rundell (1824)
"To make parsley Sauce, when parsley-leaves are naC to be had. Tie up a little bruised parsley-seed in a bit of dean muslin, and boil it ten minutes in some ..."

5. The Book of the Garden by Charles McIntosh (1855)
"Phillips asserts that " parsley easily resisteth the cold and the heat, ... The seed of the common parsley has the property of remaining long in the ground ..."

6. The Library of Agricultural and Horticultural Knowledge: With an Appendix on by John Baxter (1830)
"The parsley is a hardy biennial, the root-leaves of which are com pound and ... The Hamburgh or Broad-leaved parsley.—Cultivated for its esculent rav i ili ..."

7. The American Journal of the Medical Sciences by Southern Society for Clinical Investigation (U.S.) (1837)
"parsley juice asa substitute for quinine.—Dr. POTT has long employed ... The juice is extracted thus:—Chop and then pound a handful of fresh parsley, ..."

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