chervil chûr´vəl [key], name for two similar edible Old World herbs of the family Umbelliferae ( parsley family). The salad chervil is Anthriscus cerefolium. Its leaves, like those of the related dill and parsley, are used for seasoning. The turnip-rooted chervil ( Chaerophyllum bulbosum ) is cultivated for its edible root. Other species of Chaerophyllum [Gr.,=gladdening leaf, for the fragrant foliage] are also called chervil, e.g., the native American C. procumbens. Chervil is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Umbellales, family Umbelliferae.

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