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fool's parsley Explained

Fool's parsley at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Parsley \Pars"ley\, n. [OE. persely, persil, F. persil, L.
petroselinum rock parsley, Gr. ?; ? stone + ? parsley. Cf.
{Celery}.] (Bot.)
An aromatic umbelliferous herb ({Carum Petroselinum}), having
finely divided leaves which are used in cookery and as a

As she went to the garden for parsley, to stuff a
rabbit. --Shak.

{Fool's parsley}. See under {Fool}.

{Hedge parsley}, {Milk parsley}, {Stone parsley}, names given
to various weeds of similar appearance to the parsley.

{Parsley fern} (Bot.), a small fern with leaves resembling
parsley ({Cryptogramme crispa}).

{Parsley piert} (Bot.), a small herb ({Alchemilla arvensis})
formerly used as a remedy for calculus.

Fool \Fool\, n. [OE. fol, n. & adj., F. fol, fou, foolish, mad;
a fool, prob. fr. L. follis a bellows, wind bag, an inflated
ball; perh. akin to E. bellows. Cf. {Folly}, {Follicle}.]
1. One destitute of reason, or of the common powers of
understanding; an idiot; a natural.

2. A person deficient in intellect; one who acts absurdly, or
pursues a course contrary to the dictates of wisdom; one
without judgment; a simpleton; a dolt.

Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton.

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn
in no other. --Franklin.

3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious
wisdom; a wicked person.

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.
--Ps. xiv. 1.

4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or
buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed
fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments.

Can they think me . . . their fool or jester?

{April fool}, {Court fool}, etc. See under {April}, {Court},

{Fool's cap}, a cap or hood to which bells were usually
attached, formerly worn by professional jesters.

{Fool's errand}, an unreasonable, silly, profitless adventure
or undertaking.

{Fool's gold}, iron or copper pyrites, resembling gold in

{Fool's paradise}, a name applied to a limbo (see under
{Limbo}) popularly believed to be the region of vanity and
nonsense. Hence, any foolish pleasure or condition of vain

{Fool's parsley} (Bot.), an annual umbelliferous plant
({[AE]thusa Cynapium}) resembling parsley, but nauseous
and poisonous.

{To make a fool of}, to render ridiculous; to outwit; to
shame. [Colloq.]

{To play the fool}, to act the buffoon; to act a foolish
part. ``I have played the fool, and have erred
exceedingly.'' --1 Sam. xxvi. 21.

fool's parsley at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

fool's parsley
n : European weed naturalized in America that resembles parsley
but causes nausea and poisoning when eaten [syn: {lesser
hemlock}, {Aethusa cynapium}]