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Cress definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

CRESS, n. [G., L.] The name of several species of plants, most of them of the class tetradynamia. Watercresses, of the genus Sisymbrium, are used as a salad, and are valued in medicine for their antiscorbutic qualities. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste. They grow on the brinks of rivulets and in other moist grounds. The word is generally used in the plural.

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste [syn: cress, cress plant]
2: pungent leaves of any of numerous cruciferous herbs

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: Middle English cresse, from Old English crse, cressa; akin to Old High German kressa cress Date: before 12th century any of various crucifers with moderately pungent leaves used especially in salads: as a. a watercress (Nasturtium officinale) b. garden cress

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. any of various cruciferous plants usu. with pungent edible leaves, e.g. watercress. Etymology: OE cresse f. WG

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Cress Cress (kr[e^]s), n.; pl. Cresses (kr[e^]s"[e^]z). [OE. ces, cresse, kers, kerse, AS. cresse, cerse; akin to D. kers, G. kresse, Dan. karse, Sw. krasse, and possibly also to OHG. chresan to creep.] (Bot.) A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic. Note: The garden cress, called also peppergrass, is the Lepidium sativum; the water cress is the Nasturtium officinale. Various other plants are sometimes called cresses. To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread. --Goldsmith. Bitter cress. See under Bitter. Not worth a cress, or ``not worth a kers.'' a common old proverb, now turned into the meaningless ``not worth a curse.'' --Skeat.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. Cress is a plant with small green leaves that are used in salads or to decorate food. See also mustard and cress. 2. Watercress is sometimes referred to as cress.


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