cress

noun

: any of various crucifers with moderately pungent leaves used especially in salads: such as
a
: a watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The thale cress, Arabidopsis thaliana, was the first plant to have its entire genome sequenced and is popular in biology research. Discover Magazine, 21 Mar. 2014 At Le Faham, the world’s first Michelin-star recipient to celebrate the cooking of the French island Réunion, rising-star chef Kelly Rangama creates masterpieces like légine (toothfish) filet with artichoke and spicy zorri cress. Julia Eskins, Condé Nast Traveler, 8 Sep. 2022 The Florida scientists hope to recycle their lunar soil later this year, planting more thale cress before possibly moving on to other vegetation. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 13 May 2022 Herbs: Anise, basil, bay laurel, borage, cardamom, chervil, chives, coriander, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, lemon balm, lovage, mint, nasturtium, oregano, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, tarragon, thyme and water cress. Tom Maccubbin, Orlando Sentinel, 1 Oct. 2022 The Florida scientists hope to recycle their lunar soil later this year, planting more thale cress before possibly moving on to other vegetation. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 13 May 2022 But new research shows that something can grow in regolith: a weed called mouse-ear cress (Arabidopsis thaliana). Lela Nargi, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 The Florida scientists hope to recycle their lunar soil later this year, planting more thale cress before possibly moving on to other vegetation. Bradford Betz, Fox News, 13 May 2022 There were other challenges to getting those cress seedlings to germinate. Lela Nargi, Washington Post, 7 June 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cress was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Cress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cress. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

cress

noun
: any of various plants related to the mustards and having leaves that are used especially in salads

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