noun Date: 14th century 1. any of several aquatic or semiaquatic cresses; especially a perennial cress (Nasturtium officinale) native to Europe and southwestern Asia that is naturalized in the United States and has leaves used especially in salads or as a potherb 2. the leaves of a watercress

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  • watercress — [wôt′ərkres΄, wät′ərkres΄] n. [ME watercresse: see WATER & CRESS] a white flowered plant (Nasturtium officinale) of the crucifer family, growing generally in running water, as from springs: its leaves are used in salads, soups, etc …   English World dictionary

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  • watercress — /waw teuhr kres , wot euhr /, n. 1. a cress, Nasturtium officinale, of the mustard family, usually growing in clear, running streams and having pungent leaves. 2. the leaves, used for salads, soups, and as a garnish. [1300 50; ME; c. MD, MLG… …   Universalium

  • watercress — wa|ter|cress [ˈwo:təkres US ˈwo:tər , ˈwa: ] n [U] a small green plant with strong tasting leaves that grows in water ▪ a bunch of watercress …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • watercress — [[t]wɔ͟ːtə(r)kres[/t]] N UNCOUNT Watercress is a small plant with white flowers which grows in streams and pools. Its leaves taste hot and are eaten raw in salads …   English dictionary

  • watercress — paprastasis rėžiukas statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bastutinių šeimos daržovinis, vaistinis augalas (Nasturtium officinale), paplitęs Afrikoje, Azijoje ir Europoje. atitikmenys: lot. Nasturtium officinale angl. watercress vok.… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • watercress — noun a) A perennial European herb, Nasturtium officinale or Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum, that grows in freshwater streams; used in salads and as a garnish. b) A similar plant …   Wiktionary

  • Watercress — Nasturtium (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

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