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

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Upgrade your typical deli sandwich by piling cold cuts — plus peppery watercress and a flavorful horseradish mayo spread — onto a wrap. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Beef and Horseradish Wraps," 2 July 2019 There's a course with smoked lake fish, cattails, wild rice dumplings, watercress and nettles. Mark Kurlyandchik, Detroit Free Press, "Award-winning Native American chef coming to Zingerman's for indigenous dinner, discussion," 25 July 2019 Serve topped with watercress, sliced cucumber, and cracked pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Cucumber-Melon Soup," 1 Aug. 2019 Toss romaine, watercress, and almonds together in serving bowl, drizzle remaining dressing over top, and toss to combine. Washington Post, "For a creative chicken salad, get inspiration from Morocco," 15 July 2019 The second course is cold watercress soup or smoked salmon and ricotta tart. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, "How to get special menu for Epcot’s Monsieur Paul restaurant," 17 July 2019 Transfer to a mixing bowl, along with the lettuce, watercress, cilantro and tomatoes (to taste). Sarah Henry, Washington Post, "Here’s a Mexican salad so good, it’s named for the chef’s madre," 27 June 2019 Arrange the marinated trout slices on plates, drizzle with the yuzu juice and garnish with the elderflowers, watercress leaves, seaweeds and fennel flowers. Michael Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chef’s guidance in foraging leads the way to tasty culinary discoveries," 25 June 2019 Venders were selling rhubarb, strawberries, honey, watercress, and foie gras. Lauren Collins, The New Yorker, "Can Emmanuel Macron Stem the Populist Tide?," 24 June 2019

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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 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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