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 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 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)