[pep-er-gras, -grahs]


any pungent plant belonging to the genus Lepidium, of the mustard family, used as a potherb or salad vegetable.

Compare garden cress.

Origin of peppergrass

late Middle English word dating back to 1425–75; see origin at pepper, grass
Also called pep·per·cress [pep-er-kres] /ˈpɛp ərˌkrɛs/. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for peppergrass

Historical Examples of peppergrass

  • 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


noun US and Canadian

any of various temperate and tropical aquatic or marsh ferns of the genus Marsilea, having floating leaves consisting of four leaflets: family Marsileaceae
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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