\ˈkres \

Definition of cress 

: any of various crucifers with moderately pungent leaves used especially in salads: such as

a : a watercress (Nasturtium officinale)

b : garden cress

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Layer roast beef and cress on bottom, then top with pickled onions. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Roast Beef Baguette," 21 June 2018 New to the market this week from Rempel Family Farm is kale and cress. Steve Edwards, Anchorage Daily News, "Muldoon Farmers Market finds new home in a new neighborhood park," 20 June 2018 At this time of year his department specifies prevention of flowering and seed-setting of poison hemlock, Canada thistle, whitetop (hoary cress), Scotch thistle and rush skeletonweed. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018 Whitetop, or Hoary cress, is a very tough perennial weed that spreads by rhizomes and seeds. Margaret Lauterbach, idahostatesman, "Know the proper ways to attack all of our plentiful weeds," 1 June 2018 Transfer to a medium bowl and add 1 large handful mitsuba (Japanese parsley), pepper cress or watercress leaves, finely chopped. WSJ, "Hold the Mayo: 4 Adventurous Alternatives to Potato Salad," 19 Apr. 2018 Cheatgrass, Canada thistle, hoary cress and emerald ash borer complete the top 5. Phil Drake, USA TODAY, "Feral cats listed among top invasive species in the West," 22 Mar. 2018 The bon bon-like rounds of liver are coated in a mandarin gelee, accented with coconut cream and a scattering of winter cress. Michael Bauer, San Francisco Chronicle, "Mourad beautifully captures the soul of a chef," 7 Feb. 2018 Fold in nearly all of the hazelnuts and cress, then transfer to a platter. Bon Appetit, "Wild Rice with Watercress and Hazelnuts," 19 May 2017

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First Known Use of cress

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cress

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

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English Language Learners Definition of cress

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


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Kids Definition of cress

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

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