any of various plants of the mustard family, especially the watercress, having pungent-tasting leaves often used for salad and as a garnish.
any of various similar plants.
- cressy, adjective
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How to use cress in a sentence
In other words, the thale cress’s DNA had to fight harder to adapt to the foreign soil gathered during the Apollo 11 mission.Scientists Grow Plants in Soil from the Moon. Lunar Farming Could Be Next. | Jeffrey Kluger | May 12, 2022 | Time
This romantic little creature took such hold of my imagination that I cannot eat water-cress even now without emotion.Margaret Ogilvy | J. M. Barrie
But as long as we have people like young cress or Hodge or Rottke—well, it's hard to do anything with them.What Rough Beast? | Jefferson Highe
He crowned himself and Jim with wreaths made of water cress that he found on a tiny sandy beach.Still Jim | Honor Willsie Morrow
Then there is a salmon salad encircled by water cress or nasturtium leaves, and at intervals, dainty mounds of potato salad.Suppers | Paul Pierce
A few varieties, however, are cultivated, and these are grown in dry soil and known as upland cress.Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 2 | Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
British Dictionary definitions for cress
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