Origin: Middle English parseli from Old English petersilie and amp; Old French persil, both from Vulgar Latin an unverified form petrosilium from Classical Latin petroselinum from Glassical Greek petroselinon, rock parsley from petros, stone plush selinon, celery
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noun pl. pars·leys
- A member of the parsley family.
- a. A cultivated Eurasian herb (Petroselinum crispum) having flat or curled, ternately compound leaves.b. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning or garnish.
Origin: Middle English persely, from Old English petersilie and Old French persil, both ultimately from Late Latin petrosillum, alteration of Latin petroselīnum, from Greek petroselīnon : petrā, rock; see per-2 in Indo-European roots + selīnon, celery.
common ( left ) and Italian parsley ( right )