[ bit-er-kres ]

  1. any cruciferous plant of the genus Cardamine, including the white-flowered hairy bittercress (C. hirsuta) of widespread distribution and the purple-flowered coralroot bittercress (C. bulbifera), predominantly of Finland.

Origin of bittercress

First recorded in 1855–60; bitter + cress

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British Dictionary definitions for bittercress


/ (ˈbɪtəˌkrɛs) /

  1. one of several perennial or annual plants of the genus Cardamine, that are related to lady's-smock, including hairy bittercress (C. hirsuta), a common weed resembling shepherd's purse, with which it is often confused: family: Brassicaceae (crucifers)

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