Definitions

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

  • n. Any of several plants of the genus Lepidium, especially the North American species L. virginicum, having small white flowers and pungent foliage and seeds. Also called peppercress, pepperwort.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of the pungent herbs of the cruciferous genus Lepidium, especially the garden peppergrass, or garden cress, Lepidium sativum; pepperwort.
  • n. The common pillwort of Europe (Pilularia globulifera).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any herb of the cruciferous genus Lepidium, especially the garden peppergrass, or garden cress, Lepidium sativum; -- called also pepperwort. All the species have a pungent flavor.
  • n. The common pillwort of Europe (Pilularia globulifera). See pillwort.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Any plant of the genus Lepidium.
  • n. The pillwort, Pilularia globulifera. See Pilularia and pillwort.

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

  • n. annual herb used as salad green and garnish

Etymologies

pepper +‎ grass (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Yelas finished third in the FLW tournament on Florida's Lake Okeechobee last year by fishing small areas where bulrushes, peppergrass, and hydrilla grew together.

    Secrets of the Pros: The Visionary

  • They climbed past the neighborhood into a nameless gulch, huffing and wheezing through the sagebrush in their weight-tortured Reeboks, wading through prairie star, peppergrass, sunflower, the gossamery spores of plants kicked free and floating.

    The Shell Collector : Stories

  • There was no one thing on the island upon which we could in the least degree rely, except the peppergrass, and of that the supply was precarious, and not much relished without some other food.

    The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told

  • Other pretty garnishes which are easily obtained are corn salad, peppergrass, mustard, fennel, and young leaves of carrot.

    Culinary Herbs: Their Cultivation Harvesting Curing and Uses

  • Postoria, Cochleana, de Pisa, horseradish and peppergrass, and made ready for larger ventures.

    The Bloom of Monticello

  • These herb stalks above the snow, the corymbose heads of the yarrow, the spikes of the self-heal, the crosiers of the golden-rod, the panicles of the asters, the racemes of the Indian tobacco, the knotted threads of the blue vervain and the plantain, the miniature mandarin temples of the peppergrass -- all these have shed, or are shedding, myriads of seeds to be silently sepulchred under the snow until earth's easter April mornings.

    Some Winter Days in Iowa

  • There were strawberry beds and raspberry rooms, patches of lettuce and peppergrass, long rows of corn with trailing bean-vines in their rear, hedges of peas and string beans, and young trees set out in different places, like sentinels of love and care reaching toward the overarching sky.

    The Harvest of Years

  • Cottonwood and pine grow intermixed in the river bottoms musquitoes extreemely troublesome. we expect to meet with the Minnetares and are therefore much on our guard both day and night. the bois rague in blume. - saw the common small blue flag and peppergrass. the southern wood and two other speceis of shrub are common in the prarie of knobs. preserved specemines of them. passed several old indian encampments of brush lodges.

    The Journals of Lewis and Clark, 1804-1806

  • If you have a fenced yard that your neighbors won't complain about, consider letting a small patch of peppergrass go wild by mowing around it.

    Museum Blogs

  • It may not be the most attractive of garden plants, and it may be a brown skeleton by mid-summer but in the Spring peppergrass has some great butterfly uses.

    Museum Blogs

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