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cress Explained

cress at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


cress at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

O.E. cresse, originally c?irse, 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. ///

cress at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [U] [Language: Old English; Origin: c[zB024]rse, cressa]// a small plant with round green leaves that are eaten raw// mustard// --Sprinkle some finely chopped cress over the top.//

cress at English => English (The Britannica Concise) Of Explained:

Any of several plants of the mustard family, of interest for their spicy young basal leaves, which are used in salads and as seasonings and garnishes. Watercress is perhaps the most popular of the edible cresses. Common garden cress, or peppergrass (Lepidium sativum) is widely grown, especially in its curl-leaved form, and used as a garnish. Others include weeds (e.g., Barbarea vulgaris), wild varieties (e.g., Cardamine pratensis), and ornamentals (e.g., Arabis species).

cress at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

[U] a small plant with thin stems and very small leaves, often eaten in salads and sandwiches

Cress at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

Cress \Cress\ (kr[e^]s), n.; pl. {Cresses} (kr[e^]s"[e^]z). [OE.
ces, cresse, kers, kerse, AS. cresse, cerse; akin to D. kers,
G. kresse, Dan. karse, Sw. krasse, and possibly also to OHG.
chresan to creep.] (Bot.)
A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves
have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and

Note: The garden cress, called also {peppergrass}, is the
{Lepidium sativum}; the water cress is the {Nasturtium
officinale}. Various other plants are sometimes called

To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread.

{Bitter cress}. See under {Bitter}.

{Not worth a cress}, or {``not worth a kers.''} a common old
proverb, now turned into the meaningless ``not worth a
curse.'' --Skeat.

cress at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: any of various plants of the family Cruciferae having edible
pungent-tasting leaves [syn: {cress plant}]
2: pungent leaves of any of numerous cruciferous herbs

cress at English (WD) Of Explained:



Inter: etyl » ang cressa, from West Germanic *krasjon-. Cognate with Dutch kers, German Kresse.


* Inter: IPA » /kɹɛs/
  • : Inter: rhymes » ɛs


    Inter: en-noun » es

  • Inter: botan » y A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic.


    Inter: trans-top » a plant
    • Arabic: Inter: Arab » حُرف (ħurf) {{m}}, Inter: t- » ar|رشاد|m|p|tr=rashad|sc=Arab
    • Armenian: Inter: t- » hy|կոտեմ|tr=kotem
    • : Old Armenian: Inter: tø » xcl|կոտիմն|tr=kotimn|sc=Armn
    • Bulgarian: кресон (kreson)
    • Esperanto: Inter: t- » eo|kreso
    • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|krassi
    • German: Inter: t+ » de|Kresse|f

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Italian: Inter: t- » it|crescione|m
  • Polish: Inter: t+ » pl|rzeżucha|f
  • Spanish: Inter: t+ » es|mastuerzo, Inter: t+ » es|berro
  • Swedish: Inter: t+ » sv|krasse
  • Turkish: Inter: t+ » tr|tere
  • Vietnamese: Inter: t- » vi|cải xoong

  • Inter: trans-botto » m
    Translation: et » cress
    Translation: io » cress
    Translation: mg » cress
    Translation: pl » cress
    Translation: ru » cress
    Translation: ta » cress
    Translation: te » cress
    Translation: vi » cress
    Translation: zh » cress