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1A bed or plot of parsley.
2Figurative. In English nursery tradition: a parsley-bed as the pretended place where (especially girl) babies come from. Hence in extended use: the uterus; the female genitals. Compare "gooseberry bush". Now rare.
Late Middle English; earliest use found in The Alphabet of Tales. From parsley + bed.
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