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

Examples of cress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Blind Mutant Thale cress — known to science as Arabidopsis thaliana — is not a particularly attractive plant. Quanta Magazine, 31 Jan. 2024 Arabidopsis, also called thale cress, is a plant widely used in scientific research. Fox News, 9 Nov. 2023 Researchers rose temperatures from 60 to 82.4 degrees Fahrenheit and used three different types of plants, the thale cress (Arabidopsis thaliana), vegetable cabbage (Brassica oleracea) and the tomato plant (Solanum lycop). Elizabeth Gamillo, Discover Magazine, 13 July 2023 The two species are different in appearance alone: Garden cress has short stems with small leaves, while watercress develops a height of up to 15 centimeters and the leaves have a diameter of about 3 centimeters. Philipp Wehsack, Vogue, 1 Aug. 2023 See all Example Sentences for cress 

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Word History


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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“Cress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


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

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