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 The dressing is based on a common Korean dressing for watercress salad, which the chef has been making since basically forever. Emma Wartzman, Bon Appétit, "I Love Haenyeo’s Salad Dressing So Much, I Asked the Chef How to Make It," 10 Nov. 2020 Try the: Spider Roll, with soft shell crab, avocado, cucumber, watercress, and tobiko. Joey Morona, cleveland, "12 must-try sushi rolls in Greater Cleveland," 20 Oct. 2020 Dress the grapes, watercress and frisee in the vinaigrette. SFChronicle.com, "Recipes for summer’s bounty: Salads & sides," 17 Sep. 2020 Any mix is welcome, but try to use leafy herbs such as cilantro and parsley and flavorful greens, including arugula or watercress as the base. Hali Bey Ramdene, Better Homes & Gardens, "How to Make Homemade Pesto That's Completely Customizable," 2 Sep. 2020 As Britain faced the COVID crisis, reassurance was difficult to come by, and one way it could still be attained was in the reliable germination of a windowsill pot of watercress or a garden-patch row of chard. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, "The Therapeutic Power of Gardening," 17 Aug. 2020 On individual plates, arrange watercress, parsley and cilantro, then the mixed herbs. The New York Times News Service Syndicate, The Denver Post, "A January dinner party that doesn’t deprive," 10 Jan. 2020 Each box will include a mix of cucumbers, greens, butter lettuce, arugula, mizuna, watercress and basil from local farms Oxford Gardens, Elliott Gardens and Rocky Mountain Fresh. Josie Sexton, The Know, "Roving produce trucks, curbside farm stands and more alternative grocery options," 27 Mar. 2020 In Wisconsin state parks, visitors are permitted to pick edible fruits, nuts, mushrooms, asparagus and watercress for personal consumption. Chelsey Lewis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Leave No Trace is about more than picking up trash. Here's what you should know before getting outside in Wisconsin," 2 July 2020

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First Known Use of watercress

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Watercress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercress. Accessed 2 Dec. 2020.

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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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