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Pronunciation: (pär'slē), [key]
1. an herb, Pertoselinum crispum, native to the Mediterranean, having either curled leaf clusters (French parsley) or flat compound leaves (Italian parsley), widely cultivated for use in garnishing or seasoning food. Cf. parsley family.
2. the leaves of this plant, used to garnish or season food.
3. any of certain allied or similar plants.

Also,pars'lied,pars'leyed.cooked or garnished with parsley: parsley potatoes.

Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.

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