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cress (n.)

common name for a plant of the mustard family, Old English cresse, originally cærse, from Proto-Germanic *krasjon- (source also of Middle Low German kerse, karse; Middle Dutch kersse; Old High German kresso, German Kresse), from PIE root *gras- "to devour" (see gastric). It underwent a metathesis similar to that of grass. French cresson, Italian crescione are Germanic loan-words.

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Definitions of cress from WordNet

cress (n.)
any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste;
Synonyms: cress plant
cress (n.)
pungent leaves of any of numerous cruciferous herbs;
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