pars·​ley | \ ˈpär-slē How to pronounce parsley (audio) \

Definition of parsley

: a European biennial herb (Petroselinum crispum) of the carrot family widely grown for its finely dissected curly or flat leaves which are used as an herb or garnish also : the leaves

Examples of parsley in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Squid stuffed full of bread crumbs, parsley, garlic, olive oil and parmesan cheese is simmered in marinara sauce. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most exciting Indianapolis restaurants opening in 2020," 31 Dec. 2019 As for the greens, there are scallions and spinach, plus tons of herbs (parsley, cilantro, and mint). Carey Polis, Bon Appétit, "My Favorite Place for Soup Is Hidden in a Pizza Restaurant," 18 Dec. 2019 Herbs: Anise, arugula, basil, bay, chives, cilantro, coriander, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, thyme and watercress 6. Tom Maccubbin,, "December in the Garden," 29 Nov. 2019 The vendor makes the soup with thin wheat noodles, beans, garlic and various greens including mint, parsley, cilantro and spinach. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, azcentral, "Here are 8 foods to try at the Arizona Asian Festival this weekend in Scottsdale," 15 Nov. 2019 Christine had made kefta, a traditional Lebanese meatball spiced with parsley, onion, salt, pepper and cinnamon., "Love Story: This couple found love, but it took a persistent cupid to bring them together," 13 Oct. 2019 Thyme and flat-leaf parsley brighten the dish and provide a splash of earthy color. Nancy Fuller, Country Living, "Fresh Herb Stuffing," 19 Sep. 2019 Meanwhile, the caterpillars that turn into Black Swallowtails are busy chomping through the lacy leaves of carrot plants, Queen Anne’s Lace and the parsley that spills from my herb garden — curly, waving stems of green. Lois Szymanski,, "Szymanski: The miracle of metamorphosis another of Mother Nature’s lessons," 1 Sep. 2019 This is chilled and given a squeeze of lemon juice and a scattering of fresh flat-leaf parsley before serving. Jeff Koehler, Twin Cities, "With these Moroccan salads, vegetables come first — and in dazzling abundance," 8 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of parsley

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for parsley

Middle English persely, from Old English petersilie, from Vulgar Latin *petrosilium, alteration of Latin petroselinum, from Greek petroselinon, from petros stone + selinon celery

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The first known use of parsley was before the 12th century

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12 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Parsley.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 18 January 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of parsley

: a plant with small green leaves that are used to season or decorate food


pars·​ley | \ ˈpär-slē How to pronounce parsley (audio) \
plural parsleys

Kids Definition of parsley

: a garden plant that has small leaves used to season or decorate various foods


pars·​ley | \ ˈpär-slē How to pronounce parsley (audio) \

Medical Definition of parsley

: a southern European annual or biennial herb (Petroselinum crispum) of the carrot family having leaves which are used as a culinary herb or garnish and a root and seeds which have been used medicinally

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