pars·​ley | \ ˈpär-slē \

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

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And as the non-alcoholic cocktail movement grows, make sure to sample Oxalis’s menu of housemade sodas, sustainably made with kitchen extras like parsley and jasmine. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "The New York City Restaurants to Know This Winter," 4 Feb. 2019 Serve sprinkled with parsley and almonds if desired. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Chicken with Stewed Peppers and Tomatoes," 8 Jan. 2019 Stir together mozzarella, pepperoni, Parmesan, basil, parsley, and oregano in a large bowl. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Pull Apart Pizza Bread," 20 June 2018 Garnish with mint, parsley and radishes for crunch. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "The Easiest Way to Eat More Healthy Fish," 16 Jan. 2019 Meanwhile, make the gremolata: Chop the mint and parsley leaves together. Sally Pasley Vargas,, "Recipe: Lamb loin chops come off the grill rosy and juicy, ready for a gremolata garnish," 3 July 2018 Meanwhile, combine 1 cup parsley, the garlic, and 3 tbsp. Sunset, "Grilled Hanger Steak with Parsley-Garlic Sauce," 22 Jan. 2018 Add 3/4 cup olives, chicken broth, wine, sliced lemon, salt, peppers, and 1 tablespoon parsley and bring liquid to a boil over medium-high heat. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Potatoes and Sausages with Olives, Lemon, and Parsley," 22 Dec. 2010 Ingredients: 2 avocados ½ lemon, juiced 1 garlic clove ¼ cup cilantro or parsley¼ cup of water Salt and black pepper Directions: In a blender, add avocados, lemon juice, garlic clove, and cilantro. Nazima Qureshi, SELF, "I'm a Registered Dietitian and Here's What I Learned Going Vegan for a Week," 25 Nov. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of parsley

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


pars·​ley | \ ˈpär-slē \
plural parsleys

Kids Definition of parsley

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


pars·​ley | \ ˈpär-slē \

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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