garden cress


Definition of garden cress

: an annual herb (Lepidium sativum) of the mustard family sometimes cultivated for its pungent basal leaves

Examples of garden cress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The crops planted in the soils included garden cress, rocket (aka arugula), tomato, radish, rye, quinoa, spinach, chives, peas and leeks. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Space Farmers Could Grow Crops in Lunar and Martian Soil, Study Suggests," 22 Oct. 2019 The namesake hero ingredient, watermelon extract, hydrates skin, while a blend of swiss garden cress sprout and vitamins A, C, E brighten skin and protect it from free radicals. Sophie Wirt, Allure, "Milk Makeup Launches Its Watermelon Brightening Serum, the First-Ever Solid Serum (Exclusive)," 28 Mar. 2018 The researchers trapped pea plants in glass chambers with ether, soaked roots of the sensitive plant and seedlings of garden cress in lidocaine and even measured the electrical activity of a Venus fly trap’s cells. Joanna Klein, New York Times, "Sedate a Plant, and It Seems to Lose Consciousness. Is It Conscious?," 2 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of garden cress

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Garden cress.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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