Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An Old World annual plant (Lepidium sativum) in the mustard family, cultivated for its edible seedlings and leaves.
  • n. Any of several related plants, such as pennycress and watercress.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common name of many species of plants, most of them of the natural order Cruciferæ.
  • n. The common garden-cress, Lepidium sativum.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste
  • n. pungent leaves of any of numerous cruciferous herbs

Etymologies

Middle English cresse, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English cressa, from West Germanic *krasjon-. Cognate with Dutch kers, German Kresse. (Wiktionary)

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  • Let Anaiah bless with the Dragon-fly, who sails over the pond by the wood-side and feedeth on the cressies. (from Jubilate Agno by Christopher Smart)

    December 31, 2007