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rock cress

any of several low growing plants belonging to the genus Arabis, of the mustard family, having spikes or one-sided clusters of white, pink, or purple flowers, grown as an ornamental in rock gardens.
Origin of rock cress
First recorded in 1700-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • This is a blue-flowering bulb, hardy, cheap and in flower at the same time the rock cress is.

  • It was tolerated rather than cultivated, as was its companion, the Arabis or rock cress—both crowding, monopolizing creatures.

    Old-Time Gardens Alice Morse Earle
British Dictionary definitions for rock cress

rock cress

another name for arabis
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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