- 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)