wa·​ter·​cress | \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkres How to pronounce watercress (audio) , 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

Examples of watercress in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many lettuces and dark leafy greens, including spinach, watercress, arugula, kale, romaine, bok choy and radicchio, thrive in cooler months. Washington Post, 4 Nov. 2021 Unsurprising, considering it's formulated with superfoods and humectants such as oat kernel oil, watercress, and glycerin. Nateisha Scott, Allure, 28 Dec. 2021 Herbs: Anise, arugula, basil, bay, chives, cilantro, coriander, dill, fennel, garlic, lavender, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary, sage, sweet marjoram, thyme and watercress. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 27 Nov. 2021 But the story the parents tell about why the plant is precious is like a treasure itself, and the watercress turns out to be delicious. Washington Post, 18 Nov. 2021 Your final piece, the vertical watercress for the BMW Residency at Paris Photo, is made to disappears, which to me seems like a direct commentary on art ownership. Nargess Banks, Forbes, 15 Nov. 2021 His cooking is artful and balanced; a dish of squid served with watercress and sorrel purée seems too simple to be so good, while monkfish tail is finished over binchotan charcoal and deftly paired with miso eggplant. Sophie Dening, Condé Nast Traveler, 27 Oct. 2021 Scatter dressed watercress and fresh dill over and around vegetables. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, 11 Oct. 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 watercress 6. Tom Maccubbin, orlandosentinel.com, 25 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of watercress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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17 Jan 2022

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“Watercress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercress. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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 How to pronounce watercress (audio) , 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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