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[mass noun] A cultivated plant of the parsley family, with closely packed succulent leaf stalks which are used as a salad or cooked vegetable.
- ‘Slice the carrots, leeks and celery and add to the pot with the parsley stalks and bay leaves, salt and pepper.’
- ‘Peel the carrots and cut them into large chunks, then cut the leeks and celery into short lengths.’
- ‘Heat the oil in a pan, then sauté the carrot, celery and onion until golden.’
- ‘Finely chop the shallots, garlic, basil, celery, parsley and beetroot and place in a bowl.’
- ‘A male with young in the nest will avidly take care of a stalk of celery or a head of lettuce daily.’
Mid 17th century: from French céleri, from Italian dialect selleri, based on Greek selinon parsley.
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