• WordNet 3.6
    • n parsley aromatic herb with flat or crinkly leaves that are cut finely and used to garnish food
    • n parsley annual or perennial herb with aromatic leaves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Eating parsley after eating an onion can help in getting rid of onion breath
    • n Parsley (Bot) An aromatic umbelliferous herb (Carum Petroselinum), having finely divided leaves which are used in cookery and as a garnish. "As she went to the garden for parsley , to stuff a rabbit."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n parsley A biennial garden-herb, Carum Petroselinum (Petroselinum sativum), a native of the eastern Mediterranean region, now widely cultivated and sometimes running wild. Its aromatic leaves are used to flavor soups and other dishes; and for garnishing it is a great favorite on account of its much-divided, finely cut, and crisped leaves, which, however, in the wild plant are plain. In the Nemean games the victors’ crowns were of parsley. A variety, the Hamburg parsley, is grown for its large root, which is used in soups, etc., or as a separate dish. Parsley yields the drug apiol. Parsley-leaves are often chewed to neutralize the scent of onions. The parsley-plant is dangerously mimicked by the fool's-parsley. See below.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Parsley pärs′li a bright-green herb, with finely divided, strongly scented leaves, used in cookery.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. persely, persil, F. persil, L. petroselinum, rock parsley, Gr. petrose`linon; pe`tros stone + se`linon parsley. Cf. Celery
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. persil—L. petroselinum—Gr. petroselinonpetros, a rock, selinon, a kind of parsley.


In literature:

Turn it out, ornament with parsley, beetroot, and cut lemon.
"Nelson's Home Comforts" by Mary Hooper
Around were meadows of soft green, o'ergrown With violets and parsley.
"Poetical Works of William Cullen Bryant" by William Cullen Bryant
That the lily should symbolize purity seems appropriate enough, but why should parsley in olden times have been associated with death?
"Storyology" by Benjamin Taylor
Next in value were those covered with dense masses of grain, called "apiatae," parsley wood.
"Intarsia and Marquetry" by F. Hamilton Jackson
She replied, "the parsley-bed," and laughed.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
If there was also a plate of thin slices of pink ham garnished with green parsley, so much the better.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
Platters of cold chicken, delicately browned and garnished with parsley and lemon slices.
"Two Little Women" by Carolyn Wells
Dorothea wrote to her home, and got Mrs. Parsley's proper address.
"The Girls and I" by Mary Louisa Stewart Molesworth
Just before serving, add finely chopped parsley.
"Stevenson Memorial Cook Book" by Various
Garnish with sprays of parsley arranged between the shells.
"Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners" by Elizabeth O. Hiller

In poetry:

Ask such to share my Sabine meal!
To twine the parsley classic!
For such to break the Manlian seal,
And liberate my Massic!
"The Reply Of Q. Horatius Flaccus To A Roman "Round-Robin"" by Alfred Austin
"So he boils the water, and takes the salt
And the pepper in portions true
(Which he never forgot), and some chopped shalot.
And some sage and parsley too.
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Phyllis, I've a keg of fine fermented grape juice,
Alban wine that's been nine years in the cellar.
Ivy chaplets? Sure. Also, in the garden,
Plenty of parsley.
"R.S.V.P." by Franklin Pierce Adams
And Puss, at the peep of dawn,
Was out upon the street,
With shreds of parsley in her bag,
And the boots upon her feet.
She was on her way to the woods, for game,
And soon to the rabbit-warren came.
"Puss In Boots" by Clara Doty Bates
And the simple rabbits cried,
"The parsley smells like spring!"
And into the bag their noses slipped,
And Pussy pulled the string.
Only a kick, and a gasp for breath,
And, one by one, they were choked to death.
"Puss In Boots" by Clara Doty Bates
Sweet Phyllis, I have here a jar of old and precious wine,
The years which mark its coming from the Alban hills are nine,
And in the garden parsley, too, for wreathing garlands fair,
And ivy in profusion to bind up your shining hair.
"To Phyllis" by Roswell Martin Field

In news:

Fresh parsley, chopped 1 oz.
Chopped fresh parsley 4 Tbsp.
When the stew has cooked down to a thick, fragrant mixture, stir in two tablespoons of parsley.
Serve with rainbow chard sautéed with olive oil, garlic and parsley.
The savory flavor of sautéed mushrooms, chopped parsley, and swiss cheese is the perfect blend to create a scrumptious breakfast bite.
3 cups chopped parsley, 3 bunches.
Add parsley at low speed.
Chopped parsley or 1 tsp.
Parsley, chopped 1 Egg 6 oz.
Marcia Kiesel wilts parsley to make a clever topping for quick-cooking veal scaloppine.
Haitians, Dominicans try to move beyond Parsley Massacre's long shadow.
The Parsley Massacre, which killed thousands 75 years ago, profoundly altered relations between Haiti and the Dominican Republic.
McCain's Free Ride (in the MSM) on Rod Parsley .
John McCain has still not had to deal with his Rod Parsley problem.
Salmonella worries spur parsley recall.

In science:

The data is stored on a standard Linux file system (Parsley et al. 2003).
A Review of VLBI Instrumentation
Mujunen, A. & Ritakari, J. 2004, in International VLBI Service for Geodesy and Astrometry, 56 Parsley, S., Pogrebenko, S., Mujunen, A., & Ritakari, J. 2003, in New technologies in VLBI.
A Review of VLBI Instrumentation
In preparation. Jason Cantarella, Jason Parsley, and Matt Mastin.
The Shapes of Tight Composite Knots