Fool's parsley
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. [1913 Webster]

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. [1913 Webster]

Extol not riches, then, the toil of fools. --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Experience keeps a dear school, but fools will learn in no other. --Franklin. [1913 Webster]

3. (Script.) One who acts contrary to moral and religious wisdom; a wicked person. [1913 Webster]

The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. --Ps. xiv. 1. [1913 Webster]

4. One who counterfeits folly; a professional jester or buffoon; a retainer formerly kept to make sport, dressed fantastically in motley, with ridiculous accouterments. [1913 Webster]

Can they think me . . . their fool or jester? --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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

{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 color.

{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 self-satistaction.

{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. [1913 Webster]


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  • Fool's parsley — Parsley Pars ley (p[aum]rs l[y^]), n. [OE. persely, persil, F. persil, L. petroselinum rock parsley, Gr. petrose linon; pe tros stone + se linon parsley. Cf. {Celery}.] (Bot.) An aromatic umbelliferous herb ({Carum Petroselinum}), having finely… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fool's-parsley — [fo͞olzpärs′lē] n. a poisonous, foul smelling European weed (Aethusa cynapium) of the umbel family: also fool s parsley …   English World dictionary

  • Fool's Parsley — Taxobox name = Fool s Parsley image width = 240px regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Apiales familia = Apiaceae genus = Aethusa genus authority = L. species = A. cynapium binomial = Aethusa cynapium binomial… …   Wikipedia

  • fool's-parsley — dėmėtoji mauda statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Salierinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Conium maculatum), paplitęs Europoje, šiaurės Afrikoje ir Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Conium maculatum angl. carrot fern; fool s parsley; hemlock;… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • fool's-parsley — nuodingoji šunpetrė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Salierinių šeimos vaistinis nuodingas augalas (Aethusa cynapium), paplitęs Europoje ir vakarų Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Aethusa cynapium angl. fool s parsley šaltinis Valstybinės lietuvių …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • fool's-parsley — fool s′ pars ley n. pln an Old World fetid, poisonous weed, Aethusa cynapium, of the parsley family • Etymology: 1745–55 …   From formal English to slang

  • fool's parsley — noun Date: 1755 a poisonous European weed (Aethusa cynapium) of the carrot family that resembles parsley and is naturalized in the northern United States and southern Canada …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fool's-parsley — /foohlz pahrs lee/, n. an Old World fetid, poisonous plant, Aethusa cynapium, resembling parsley. [1745 55] * * * …   Universalium

  • fool's parsley — noun a poisonous white flowered plant of the parsley family, with fern like leaves and an unpleasant smell. [Aethusa cynapium.] …   English new terms dictionary

  • fool's parsley — /fulz ˈpasli/ (say foohlz pahslee) noun a fetid, poisonous umbelliferous herb, Aethusa cynapium, resembling parsley …   Australian English dictionary

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