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[waw-ter-kres, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌkrɛs, ˈwɒt ər-/
a cress, Nasturtium officinale, of the mustard family, usually growing in clear, running streams and having pungent leaves.
the leaves, used for salads, soups, and as a garnish.
Origin of watercress
1300-50; Middle English; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German waterkerse. See water, cress Unabridged
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Examples from the web for watercress
  • 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


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)
any of several similar or related plants
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Word Origin and History for watercress

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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