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watercress

[waw-ter-kres, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌkrɛs, ˈwɒt ər-/
noun
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.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German waterkerse. See water, cress
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  • Remove to a heated platter, dust with a little paprika, and garnish with watercress.
  • Take out skewer, remove meat to hot platter, and garnish with watercress.
  • Garnish the platter with potato madeleines and sprigs of watercress.
  • It is the part that thinks it cuts the crust off its watercress sandwiches.
  • Toss the noodles with about half the sauce and arrange atop the watercress on each plate.
  • watercress, an indicator of immediate groundwater influence was noted at many locations.
  • Most abundant near cover such as coarse rock or thick growths of watercress.
  • Layer the above in pan starting with the watercress.
  • Inhabit permanent streams with gravel or rubble bottoms and thick growths of aquatic vegetation, especially watercress.
British Dictionary definitions for watercress

watercress

/ˈwɔːtəˌkrɛs/
noun
1.
an Old World plant, Nasturtium officinale, of clear ponds and streams, having pungent leaves that are used in salads and as a garnish: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
2.
any of several similar or related plants
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Word Origin and History for watercress
n.

also water-cress, c.1400, from water (n.1) + cress. Cf. Middle Low German, Middle Dutch waterkerse, German wasserkresse. It grows in or near streams.

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