- an annual herb (Anthriscus cerefolium) of the umbel family, whose leaves are used for flavoring salads, soups, etc.
- a similar plant (Chaerophyllum bulbosum) grown for its carrotlike root
- sweet cicely (sense )
Origin of chervilMiddle English chervel from Old English cerfelle from Classical Latin chaerephyllum from Classical Greek chairephyllon from chairein, to rejoice (see charisma) + phyllon, leaf: see -phyll
- a. An annual Eurasian herb (Anthriscus cerefolium) in the parsley family, having aromatic leaves.b. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning or garnish.
- Any of several related plants, such as those of the genus Chaerophyllum.
Origin of chervilMiddle English from Old English cerfille from Latin chaerephyllum from Greek khairephullon khairein to greet, delight in ; see gher-2 in Indo-European roots. phullon leaf ; see bhel-3 in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural chervils)