Definitions of cress
  1. noun
    any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste
    synonyms: cress plant
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    any of several water-loving cresses
    Arabidopsis thaliana, mouse-ear cress
    a small invasive self-pollinating weed with small white flowers; much studied by plant geneticists; the first higher plant whose complete genome sequence was described
    Arabidopsis lyrata
    a small noninvasive cross-pollinating plant with white flowers; closely related to Arabidopsis thaliana
    rock cress, rockcress
    any of several rock-loving cresses of the genus Arabis
    Arabis glabra, Turritis glabra, tower cress, tower mustard
    or genus Arabis: erect cress widely distributed throughout Europe
    St. Barbara's herb, scurvy grass, winter cress
    any plant of the genus Barbarea: yellow-flowered Eurasian cresses; widely cultivated for winter salad
    bitter cress, bittercress
    any of various herbs of the genus Cardamine, having usually pinnate leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple flowers; cosmopolitan except Antarctic
    Cochlearia officinalis, common scurvy grass, scurvy grass
    a widely distributed Arctic cress reputed to have value in treatment or prevention of scurvy; a concentrated source of vitamin C
    Lepidium sativum, common garden cress, garden pepper cress, pepper grass, pepperwort
    annual herb used as salad green and garnish
    Arabis Canadensis, sicklepod
    North American rock cress having very long curved pods
    Arabis turrita, tower cress, tower mustard
    European cress having stiff erect stems; sometimes placed in genus Turritis
    American cress, American watercress, Barbarea praecox, Barbarea verna, Belle Isle cress, early winter cress, land cress
    of southwestern Europe; cultivated in Florida
    Cardamine pratensis, cuckoo flower, cuckooflower, lady's smock, meadow cress
    a bitter cress of Europe and America
    Cardamine bulbifera, Dentaria bulbifera, coral-root bittercress, coralroot, coralwort
    European bittercress having a knotted white rootstock
    Cardamine diphylla, Dentaria diphylla, crinkle root, crinkle-root, crinkleroot, pepper root, toothwort
    North American herb with pungent scaly or toothed roots
    American watercress, Cardamine rotundifolia, mountain watercress
    mat-forming perennial found in cold springs of the eastern United States
    Cardamine bulbosa, spring cress
    small white-flowered cress common in wet places in eastern North America
    Cardamine douglasii, purple cress
    small perennial herb of cooler regions of North America with racemose purple flowers
    Nasturtium officinale, Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum, common watercress
    perennial Eurasian cress growing chiefly in springs or running water having fleshy pungent leaves used in salads or as a potherb or garnish; introduced in North America and elsewhere
    Rorippa islandica, marsh cress, yellow watercress
    annual or biennial cress growing in damp places sometimes used in salads or as a potherb; troublesome weed in some localities
    Nasturtium amphibium, Rorippa amphibia, great yellowcress
    perennial herb found on streams and riversides throughout Europe except extreme north and Mediterranean; sometimes placed in genus Nasturtium
    type of:
    crucifer, cruciferous plant
    any of various plants of the family Cruciferae
  2. noun
    pungent leaves of any of numerous cruciferous herbs
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    cresses that grow in clear ponds and streams
    garden cress
    cress cultivated for salads and garnishes
    winter cress
    cress cultivated for winter salads
    type of:
    salad green, salad greens
    greens suitable for eating uncooked as in salads
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