• A bright green, biennial herb, Petroselinum crispum, having many cultivars.
  • The leaves of this plant used in Middle Eastern, European, and American cooking.


  • From Middle English persely, from Old French peresil, from Latin petroselīnum, from Ancient Greek πετροσέλῑνον ("parsley"), from πέτρος + σέλῑνον. Displaced Old English petersiliġe, which goes back to the same root.

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