wa·​ter·​cress ˈwȯ-tər-ˌkres How to pronounce watercress (audio)
: 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
: the leaves of a watercress

Examples of watercress in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of watercress was in the 14th century

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“Watercress.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/watercress. Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


wa·​ter·​cress -ˌkres How to pronounce watercress (audio)
: a plant that is related to the mustards and the cabbage, grows especially in clear running water, and has crisp peppery-tasting leaves used especially in salads
also : the leaves of a watercress

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