Parsley with celerity

Vinod Menon: Can anyone tell me the origin of the word celery.
The latin root, me thinks, means fast, but why celery? Pray, enlighten me?!

Terry O'Connor: Sorry, the Latin word you're thinking of (I assume) is accelerare, which gave us celerity. Celery comes from the Greek selinon, which meant parsley, via the Lati selinon and the French celeri.


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