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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Remove gratin from oven and sprinkle lemon juice, zest and parsley over top. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Why Mayonnaise is Magic," 9 Nov. 2018 Add red chile to skillet and sauté until tender; mix with mushrooms and parsley. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Wild Mushroom Toasts," 24 Oct. 2018 Remove from heat and toss with almonds and orange zest, then parsley. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Green Beans with Orange and Almond Gremolata," 24 Oct. 2018 Serve with rice, and garnish with green onion and parsley. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Meat & greet: It’s time to restore the butcher shop tradition," 5 June 2018 Prepare herb sauce: In food processor, pulse parsley, cilantro and garlic until finely chopped. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Chimichurri Strip Steak," 28 July 2017 Add beef, garlic, parsley, egg and Parmesan to the bread and combine. Jessica Fecteau,, "Donatella Arpaia Shares the Family Recipe That Started Her 'Whole Career' As a Celebrity Chef," 30 May 2018 Sprinkle with the remaining parsley, and serve at once., "Recipes: Comforting old-fashioned chicken and spring peas for dinner," 9 June 2018 Pulse garlic, goat cheese, yogurt, 1 cup mint, 1 cup parsley, 2 Tbsp. Andy Baraghani, Bon Appetit, "Charred Cabbage with Goat Cheese Raita and Cucumbers," 28 May 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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