August 09, 2013
celery (noun)
\SEL-uh-ree\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: a European herb related to the carrot and widely grown for the thick edible stems of its leaves
How do you use it?
One of Dad's favorite snacks is stalks of celery filled with peanut butter.
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Which word do you think is comes from the same Greek root word as "celery"?

Celery, carrot, dill, parsley, and fennel are all related plants, but only "celery" and "parsley" are related words. They both stem from the Greek word "selinon" which means "celery." "Celery" began its journey to English when Latin speakers adopted the Greek word. From Latin it passed into Italian as "seleri" which was later adopted by French speakers as "celeris." English speakers adopted the French word to form "celery." "Parsley" traces to the Greek word "petroselinon" which was formed by the combination of "petros," meaning "stone," and "selinon." Latin speakers adopted it as "petroselinum." It entered Old English as "petersilie" and eventually became "persely" and finally "parsley."
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