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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Along with the sauteed red pepper, mix 1½ tablespoons minced anchovies (about 9 medium-small fillets, preferably oil packed), ¼ cup capers, rinsed and chopped, and ½ cup chopped fresh parsley into the ground lamb. Adam Ried,, "Recipes: Switch it up with lamb burgers instead of beef," 13 July 2018 The kit includes seed pods, plant food and a grow light, and no soil is needed to start growing your own herbs, which include Genovese basil, Thai basil, curly parsley, dill, thyme, and mint. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Today's Best Deals: A Great Dyson Vacuum at Half Price," 19 Apr. 2018 Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened; 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley; 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme; 1/2 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage; and 1/4 teaspoon sea salt. Cheryl Slocum, Country Living, "Classic Herbed Butter Grilled Corn," 14 May 2011 Combine kiwi, avocado, chile (if using), lime juice, parsley or cilantro and honey, if using, in a small bowl. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Related to parsley, celery will stay fresh in a plastic bag for a week in the refrigerator. Heloise, Houston Chronicle, "Celebrate celery!," 4 July 2018 While rosemary or garlic are the usual seasoning complements, a blend of fresh tarragon leaves and parsley are a perfect alternative, especially when incorporated into an easy white wine sauce. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "‘Goat’ herb garden always within convenient kitchen reach," 22 June 2018 Diners sit elbow-to-elbow in rows of ruby red leather banquettes or wooden bistro chairs, chatting over generous portions of beef bourguignon and escargots dressed in parsley butter. Lindsey Tramuta, New York Times, "At a Nostalgic Paris Restaurant, Food Takes a Back Seat to Fun," 16 June 2018 Pulling garlic mustard and hedge parsley will be on the agenda, organizers said. Staff Report, Aurora Beacon-News, "PrairieFest Quilt Show coming to Oswego," 8 June 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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