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peppergrass

[pep-er-gras, -grahs] /ˈpɛp ərˌgræs, -ˌgrɑs/
noun
1.
any pungent plant belonging to the genus Lepidium, of the mustard family, used as a potherb or salad vegetable.
Also called peppercress [pep-er-kres] /ˈpɛp ərˌkrɛs/ (Show IPA).
Compare garden cress.
Origin of peppergrass
late Middle English
1425-1475
late Middle English word dating back to 1425-75; See origin at pepper, grass
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Examples from the Web for peppergrass
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  • Chill and serve in nests of peppergrass or lettuce heart leaves.

    Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners Elizabeth O. Hiller
  • We prefer early lettuce to cresses or peppergrass, and see no reason for their cultivation, but their rapid growth.

    Soil Culture J. H. Walden
  • Dispose in a nest of peppergrass, water cress, endive or lettuce heart leaves.

    Fifty-Two Sunday Dinners Elizabeth O. Hiller
British Dictionary definitions for peppergrass

peppergrass

/ˈpɛpəˌɡrɑːs/
noun (US & Canadian)
1.
any of various temperate and tropical aquatic or marsh ferns of the genus Marsilea, having floating leaves consisting of four leaflets: family Marsileaceae
2.
any of several plants of the genus Lepidium, esp L. campestre, of dry regions of Eurasia, having small white flowers and pungent seeds: family Brassicaceae (crucifers) Also called (in Britain and certain other countries) pepperwort
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