a cultivated plant (Petroselinum hortense) of the umbel family, with greenish-yellow flowers and aromatic, often curled leaves used to flavor or garnish some foods
Origin of parsleyMiddle 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 + selinon, celery
- A member of the parsley family.
- a. A cultivated Eurasian herb (Petroselinum crispum) having edible, flat or curled, finely divided leaves.b. The leaves of this plant used as a seasoning or garnish.
Origin of parsleyMiddle English persely, from Old English petersilie and Old French persil, both ultimately from Late Latin petresilium, alteration of Latin petroselīnum, from Greek petroselīnon : petrā, rock; see per-2 in Indo-European roots + selīnon, celery.
curly(left) and flat-leaf parsley (right)
(usually uncountable, plural parsleys)