Cress Cress (kr[e^]s), n.; pl. {Cresses} (kr[e^]s"[e^]z). [OE. ces, cresse, kers, kerse, AS. cresse, cerse; akin to D. kers, G. kresse, Dan. karse, Sw. krasse, and possibly also to OHG. chresan to creep.] (Bot.) A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic. [1913 Webster]

Note: The garden cress, called also {peppergrass}, is the {Lepidium sativum}; the water cress is the {Nasturtium officinale}. Various other plants are sometimes called cresses. [1913 Webster]

To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

{Bitter cress}. See under {Bitter}.

{Not worth a cress}, or {``not worth a kers.''} a common old proverb, now turned into the meaningless ``not worth a curse.'' --Skeat. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • peppergrass — /pep euhr gras , grahs /, n. any pungent plant belonging to the genus Lepidium, of the mustard family, used as a potherb or salad vegetable. Cf. garden cress. [1425 75; late ME; see PEPPER, GRASS] * * * ▪ Lepidium also called  pepperwort   any of …   Universalium

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  • peppergrass — noun Date: 15th century any of a genus (Lepidium) of cresses; especially garden cress …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • peppergrass — /ˈpɛpəgras/ (say pepuhgrahs) noun a garden cress with a peppery flavour. Also, pepper grass …   Australian English dictionary

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  • peppergrass — ˈ ̷ ̷ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun Etymology: pepper (I) + grass; from the pungent flavor 1. : a cress of the genus Lepidium; especially : garden cress 2 …   Useful english dictionary

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