watercress

noun 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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First Known Use of watercress

14th century


WATERCRESS Defined for English Language Learners

watercress

noun

Definition of watercress for English Language Learners

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


WATERCRESS Defined for Kids

watercress

noun wa·ter·cress \ ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkres , ˈwä- \

Definition of watercress for Students

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


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