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cress

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noun \ˈkres\

Simple Definition of cress

  • : a small plant that has spicy leaves that are eaten especially in salads

Full Definition of cress

  1. :  any of various crucifers with moderately pungent leaves used especially in salads: as a :  a watercress (Nasturtium officinale) b :  garden cress

Origin of cress

Middle English cresse, from Old English cærse, cressa; akin to Old High German kressa cress


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with cress


CRESS Defined for Kids

cress

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noun \ˈkres\

Definition of cress

  1. :  a small plant having leaves with a sharp taste that are eaten in salads




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