rock cress
any of several low growing plants belonging to the genus Arabis, of the mustard family, having spikes or one-sided clusters of white, pink, or purple flowers, grown as an ornamental in rock gardens.
[1700-10]

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plant
      any of the 120 species of the genus Arabis, herbs belonging to the mustard family (Brassicaceae), found throughout the Northern Hemisphere and in mountainous areas of Africa. Some are cultivated as ornamentals for their white, pink, or purple four-petalled flowers. Rock cresses are either erect or form mounds and bear long, narrow seedpods. Wall rock cress, or garden arabis (A. caucasica), a perennial from southeastern Europe, reaches 30 cm (1 foot) in height and bears fragrant white flowers in early spring; it has double, pink, dwarf, and variegated varieties. Other members of the genus range in size from the tower mustard (A. glabra), which is nearly 1.7 metres (5.5 feet) tall, to the bluish rock cress (A. caerulea), an alpine perennial only 10 cm (4 inches) tall.

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  • Rock cress — Rock Rock, n. [OF. roke, F. roche; cf. Armor. roc h, and AS. rocc.] 1. A large concreted mass of stony material; a large fixed stone or crag. See {Stone}. [1913 Webster] Come one, come all! this rock shall fly From its firm base as soon as I. Sir …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rock cress — /ˈrɒk krɛs/ (say rok kres) noun any of several small herbs of the genus Arabis, as the alpine rock cress, A. alpina, a widespread arctic alpine plant of the Northern Hemisphere …   Australian English dictionary

  • rock-cress — vaistutis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bastutinių (Brassicaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Arabis). atitikmenys: lot. Arabis angl. rock cress vok. Gänsekresse rus. резуха lenk. gęsiówka …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

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  • rock cress — noun any of several rock loving cresses of the genus Arabis • Syn: ↑rockcress • Hypernyms: ↑cress, ↑cress plant • Hyponyms: ↑sicklepod, ↑Arabis Canadensis, ↑tower cress, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • rock cress — noun another term for arabis …   English new terms dictionary

  • Alpine rock cress — alpinis vaistutis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bastutinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medingas augalas (Arabis alpina), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje ir Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Arabis alpina angl. Alpine rock cress; Alpine rock… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • Alpine rock-cress — alpinis vaistutis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bastutinių šeimos dekoratyvinis, medingas augalas (Arabis alpina), paplitęs Europoje, Azijoje ir Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Arabis alpina angl. Alpine rock cress; Alpine rock… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • purple rock-cress — paprastoji aubretė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Bastutinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Aubrieta deltoidea), paplitęs pietų Europoje ir Turkijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Aubrieta deltoidea angl. aubretia; common aubrieta; purple rock cress… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • rainbow rock cress — noun : a plant of the genus Aubrietia …   Useful english dictionary

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