One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of several plants of the family Apiaceae (Umbelliferae) with finely divided, parsley-like leaves, especially Peucedanum oreoselinum; compare mountain stone parsley.
2The parsley fern, Cryptogramma crispa.
Late 16th century; earliest use found in Henry Lyte (1529–1607), botanist and antiquary. After Middle French persil de montaigne from persil + de of + montaigne A..
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