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fool's parsley


a European weed naturalized in America that resembles parsley but causes nausea and poisoning when eaten


plant noun (plants and fungi)


fool's parsleys

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Princeton WordNet


Aethusa cynapium [species] | lesser hemlock | fool's-parsley | A. cynapium [abbreviation, species]

Definition references  (+images)


Aethusa cynapium [species] | Fool's parsley | fool's cicely | poison parsley | Aethusa

an annual herb in the plant family Apiaceae, native to Europe, western Asia and northwest Africa. It's the only member of the genus Aethusa. It's related to Hemlock and Water-dropwort, and like them, is poisonous, though less so than Hemlock. It has... (42 of 291 words, 2 images)

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Oxford Dictionary:

fool's parsley | Aethusa cynapium [species] | Umbelliferae [family, member of]

a poisonous white-flowered plant of the parsley family, with fern-like leaves and an unpleasant smell, native to Eurasia and North Africa (21 of 45 words)



fool's parsley | Aethusa cynapium [species]

a poisonous European weed of the carrot family that resembles parsley and is naturalized in the northern United States and southern Canada (22 of 38 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/fool's parsley

New World Dictionary:

fool's-parsley | fool's parsley | Aethusa cynapium [species]

a poisonous, foul-smelling European weed of the umbel family (9 of 15 words, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

Apiaceae [plant family] | Umbelliferae [synonym] | Conium maculatum [species] | Cicuta maculata [species] | Aethusa cynapium [species] | Petroselinum crispum [species] | Daucus carota [species] | Apium graveolens [species] | Pastinaca sativa [species] | ...

the parsley family, in the order Apiales, comprising between 300 and 400 genera of plants distributed throughout a wide variety of habitats, ... (22 of 209 words, 2 images)


Collins Dictionary:

fool's-parsley | Aethusa cynapium [species]

an evil-smelling Eurasian umbelliferous plantwith small white flowers: contains the poison coniine (12 of 248 words)


American Heritage Dictionary:

fool's-parsley | Aethusa cynapium [species]

A poisonous European weed "(Aethusa cynapium") having finely divided leaves, umbels of small white flowers, and an unpleasant odor. (19 of 22 words, pronunciation)


Random House Dictionary:

fool's-parsley | Aethusa cynapium [species]

an Old World fetid, poisonous plant resembling parsley. (8 of 15 words, pronunciation)


Columbia Encyclopedia:

poisonous plant | poisonous plants

any plant possessing a property injurious to man or animal. Plants may be poisonous to the touch (e.g., poison ivy, poison sumac), or orally toxic ... (25 of 355 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

fool's-parsley | Aethusa cynapium [species]

a poisonous weed with finely divided leaves that resemble parsley and white flowers. Native to: Europe, naturalized in North America. (20 of 33 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861694647​/definition​.html  [offline]

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