any of various plants of the mustard family, especially the watercress, having pungent-tasting leaves often used for salad and as a garnish.
any of various similar plants.

before 900; Middle English cresse, Old English cress(a), cresse; cognate with Dutch kers, German Kresse

cressy, adjective Unabridged
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cress (krɛs)
watercress See also garden cress any of various plants of the genera Lepidium, Cardamine, Arabis, etc, having pungent-tasting leaves often used in salads and as a garnish: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
[Old English cressa; related to Old High German cresso cress, kresan to crawl]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. cresse, originally cærse, from P.Gmc. *krasjon-, which may be connected to creep, giving the word a literal sense of "creeper." It underwent a metathesis similar to grass.
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Example sentences
It was a childhood of walks in the rain and egg-and-cress sandwiches.
They use the uncertainty inherent in measuring the number of cress of waves.
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