wa·ter·cress | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkres, ˈwä-\

Definition of watercress 

1 : any of several aquatic or semiaquatic cresses especially : a perennial cress (Nasturtium officinale) native to Europe and southwestern Asia that is naturalized in the U.S. and has leaves used especially in salads or as a potherb

2 : the leaves of a watercress

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This Nutty Watermelon Salad, built on watercress, screamed summer with its blueberries, strawberries, almonds, and splash of lime vinaigrette. Michael Klein, Philly.com, "The sassy, hoagie-mouthed chef is back | Let's Eat," 11 July 2018 Rosen has an imaginative approach to dressings that employs everything from marmalade and miso to pumpkin seeds and watercress. Becky Krystal, sacbee, "Shake it up: Lots of vinaigrette options," 10 July 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 To plate: In a small bowl, dress the watercress with the remaining lemon juice and 2 tablespoons olive oil. Nicole Sours Larson, sandiegouniontribune.com, "White fish & vegetables," 9 July 2018 Beet roasted salmon with watercress purée, beet mustard and crisp potato, by Angie Rondinelli, executive chef of Downtown Kitchen; with 2015 Kate Arnold Winery Pinot Noir. Carol Deptolla, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Have dinner by 7 women chefs June 13 at Bacchus," 1 June 2018 Top the toast slices with radish slices and watercress leaves. San Antonio Express-News, "Recipe: Grilled Peach Toast with Pimiento Cheese," 30 May 2018 Save your Bibb, arugula, and watercress for the salad bowl. Bon Appétit, Bon Appetit, "A Totally Obsessive A-to-Z Guide to Making Sandwiches," 26 Feb. 2018 Arrange watercress, basil, and cilantro on a platter, then scatter scallions over. Claire Saffitz, Bon Appetit, "Strawberry and Watercress Salad," 28 May 2018

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First Known Use of watercress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of watercress

: a plant that grows in water and that has small, round leaves which are often used in salads


wa·ter·cress | \ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkres, ˈwä-\

Kids Definition of watercress

: a plant that grows in or near water and has sharp-tasting leaves used especially in salads

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