Cress n.; pl. Cresses Bot. A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic.
Note: ☞ The garden cress, called also peppergrass, is the Lepidium sativum; the water cress is the Nasturtium officinale. Various other plants are sometimes called cresses.
To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread. --Goldsmith.
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.”
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