cher·​vil | \ ˈchər-vəl How to pronounce chervil (audio) \

Definition of chervil

: an aromatic herb (Anthriscus cerefolium) of the carrot family with divided leaves that are often used in soups and salads also : any of several related plants

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Arrange 6 shrimp in each bowl, spoon sauce around them, and garnish with chervil. John Besh, House Beautiful, "Shrimp and Andouille Over Grits Warms You Right Up," 17 Nov. 2015 Dear Heloise: What are charnushka, cardamom and chervil? Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "What are these?," 19 June 2018 Chicken thigh yakitori and uni toast with trout roe, chervil and lava salt are recent selections. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "The hottest new restaurants in Indianapolis this spring," 19 Apr. 2018 More information is online at, where sample menus show dishes such as crab with white asparagus, chervil, lemon, prosciutto and bread, and glazed duck with onion jam, preserved spring onions and sesame-dashi chips. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Former chef is starting Kinetic Kitchen for in-home dinner parties," 11 May 2018 Dandelions, lilacs, purple giant hyssop, chaste tree, mints, chervil or parsley, dill, etc., sport tiny flowers that contain nectar these insects can reach. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Cool, rainy spring prompts alert for fire blight on Valley trees, plants | Idaho Statesman," 26 Apr. 2018 At La Bourse et La Vie in Paris, chef Daniel Rose serves a pot au feu that holds the promise of spring even on the coldest days, with leaves of chervil and dill floating on the surface and a touch of lime zest. Aleksandra Crapanzano, WSJ, "Soup Yourself: Recipes Right for This Season," 19 Apr. 2018 Cilantro, chervil, parsley, basil, tarragon, chives. Alex Van Buren,, "How to Master Weeknight Dinners, According to a Seasoned Cookbook Author and Mom of Two," 6 Apr. 2018 Then, there's a popsicle made of woodruff, coriander, Spanish chervil and sorrel. Suzannah Weiss, Teen Vogue, "Ikea Space10 Lab Announces "Fast Food of the Future" Including Algae Hot Dogs and Mealworm Burgers," 13 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of chervil

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chervil

Middle English cherville, from Old English cerfille, from Latin caerefolium, modification of Greek *chairephyllon, from chairein to rejoice + phyllon leaf — more at yearn, blade

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English Language Learners Definition of chervil

: an herb that is often used in cooking and salads

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