Definition of cress in English:


Syllabification: cress
Pronunciation: /kres


  • A plant of the cabbage family, typically having small white flowers and pungent leaves. Some kinds are edible and are eaten raw as salad.
    • Barbarea and other genera, family Brassicaceae: several species, including garden cress and watercress
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    • Place cress in a salad bowl, top with thinly sliced onion and your favorite French dressing.
    • Dress the dandelion and cress with rosemary and mustard dressing.
    • My ciabatta was very hot, with lettuce, tomato, cucumber and cress.


Old English cresse, cærse; related to Dutch kers and German Kresse.

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