AskDefine | Define cress

Dictionary Definition



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

User Contributed Dictionary



Old English cressa, from West Germanic *krasjon-. Cognate with Dutch kers, German Kresse.


  • /krɛs/
    Rhymes: -ɛs


  1. A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic.


Extensive Definition

Cress can refer to several edible members of the family Brassicaceae used as leaf vegetables or culinary herbs including:
  • watercress
  • land cress, also known as Belle Isle cress, Early yellowrocket, American cress, dryland cress, upland cress, cassabully, creasy salad, Early winter cress, American cress, and American watercress
  • garden cress, also known as garden pepper cress, pepper grass, or pepperwort
  • winter cress, also known as Yellow rockets, Barbarea
  • rock cress
  • thale cress
Cress can also refer to
  • a record released by the UK band Doom
cress in French: CRESS
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