noun Etymology: Middle English cresse, from Old English cærse, cressa; akin to Old High German kressa cress Date: before 12th century any of various crucifers with moderately pungent leaves used especially in salads: as a. a watercress (Nasturtium officinale) b. garden cress

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  • cress — (n.) O.E. cresse, originally cærse, from P.Gmc. *krasjon (Cf. M.L.G. kerse, karse; M.Du. kersse; O.H.G. kresso, Ger. Kresse), from PIE root *gras to devour (see GASTRIC (Cf. gastric)). It underwent a metathesis similar to that of …   Etymology dictionary

  • Cress — Curt Cress (* 11. August 1952 in Schlierbach) ist ein deutscher Schlagzeuger und Komponist. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben und Werk 2 Diskografische Hinweise (Auszug) 2.1 Curt Cress 2.2 …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • cress — cressy, adj. /kres/, n. 1. any of various plants of the mustard family, esp. the watercress, having pungent tasting leaves often used for salad and as a garnish. 2. any of various similar plants. [bef. 900; ME cresse, OE cress(a), cresse; c. D… …   Universalium

  • cress — [[t]kre̱s[/t]] 1) N UNCOUNT Cress is a plant with small green leaves that are used in salads or to decorate food. See also mustard and cress. 2) N UNCOUNT Watercress is sometimes referred to as cress …   English dictionary

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