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watercress

[waw-ter-kres, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌkrɛs, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun
1.
a cress, Nasturtium officinale, of the mustard family, usually growing in clear, running streams and having pungent leaves.
2.
the leaves, used for salads, soups, and as a garnish.
Origin of watercress
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German waterkerse. See water, cress
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  • The perch, although a large one, had all been eaten, and all the watercress had disappeared.

    Nobody's Girl Hector Malot
  • The varied hyphenation of "watercress" and "water-cress" was retained.

  • Bacon and eggs, or chops or steaks, with watercress if obtainable.

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  • Clean and wash the watercress well, and season with salt and vinegar.

  • This is once more supplied by a temporary cylinder of watercress roots.

    The Life of the Fly J. Henri Fabre
  • watercress for choice—next best are small salad and lettuce (plain).

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  • Mix with watercress, carefully picked over, and French dressing.

British Dictionary definitions for watercress

watercress

/ˈwɔːtəˌkrɛs/
noun
1.
an Old World plant, Nasturtium officinale, of clear ponds and streams, having pungent leaves that are used in salads and as a garnish: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
2.
any of several similar or related plants
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Word Origin and History for watercress
n.

also water-cress, c.1400, from water (n.1) + cress. Cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch waterkerse, German wasserkresse. It grows in or near streams.

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