parsley definition by Webster's New World
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 Classical Greek petroselinon, rock parsley ; from petros, stone plush selinon, celery
parsley definition by American Heritage Dictionary
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 )