\ ˈkres How to pronounce cress (audio) \

Definition of cress

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

Examples of cress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Striking a balance between tender and chewy, the steak tips come with grilled scallions, some peppery cress, and fries., 14 Sep. 2021 Scientists have even sent the thale cress to the International Space Station and the moon. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2021 But despite the fact that scientists have scrutinized the plant, Aribidopsis thalania, since the 16th century, the thale cress still manages to surprise. Shi En Kim, Smithsonian Magazine, 15 June 2021 The itty-bitty plants, eaten raw, can pack a powerful flavor punch as some varieties, such as arugula, cress, mustard, and radish, are quite peppery or sharp., 1 June 2021 Dutch cress grower Rob Baan has enlisted high-tech helpers to tackle a pest in his greenhouses: palm-sized drones seek and destroy moths that produce caterpillars that can chew up his crops. Mike Corder, Star Tribune, 7 Mar. 2021 Cold-hardy flowers include snowdrops, hellebores and alpine rock cress. Jackalyn Beck,, 25 Feb. 2021 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 6. Tom Maccubbin,, 26 Sep. 2020 On this day in August, delicate Bavarian prawns were a recent catch, and served with watermelon cubes, skyr (a type of Icelandic yogurt), a lightly herbal sauce and tarragon cress. Liza Weis,, 24 Sep. 2019

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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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“Cress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2021.

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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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