watercress


watercress
/waw"teuhr kres', wot"euhr-/, n.
1. a cress, Nasturtium officinale, of the mustard family, usually growing in clear, running streams and having pungent leaves.
2. the leaves, used for salads, soups, and as a garnish.
[1300-50; ME; c. MD, MLG waterkerse. See WATER, CRESS]

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Perennial plant (Nasturtium officinale) of the mustard family, native to Eurasia and naturalized throughout North America.

It grows submerged, floating on the water, or spread over mud surfaces in cool, flowing streams. White flowers are followed by small, beanlike seedpods. Watercress is often cultivated in tanks for its young shoots, which are used in salads. The delicate, light green, peppery-flavoured leaves are rich in vitamin C. Since watercress grown near cattle and sheep feedlots can become contaminated by feces containing cysts of the liver fluke, agent of the illness fascioliasis (liver rot), regulations specify that commercial watercress beds be protected from such pollution.

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plant
also called  Cress 

      (Nasturtium officinale), perennial plant, of the mustard family (Brassicaceae), native to Eurasia and naturalized throughout North America in cool, flowing streams where it grows submerged, floating on the water, or spread over mud surfaces. Watercress often is cultivated in tanks for its young shoots, which are used in salads. The plant bears four-petalled, white flowers and delicate, light-green, peppery-flavoured leaves rich in ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Seedpods are small and beanlike, with two rows of seeds. Watercress roots freely from the stems.

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Universalium. 2010.

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  • watercress — ► NOUN ▪ a cress which grows in running water and whose pungent leaves are used in salad …   English terms dictionary

  • watercress — [wôt′ərkres΄, wät′ərkres΄] n. [ME watercresse: see WATER & CRESS] a white flowered plant (Nasturtium officinale) of the crucifer family, growing generally in running water, as from springs: its leaves are used in salads, soups, etc …   English World dictionary

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  • watercress — wa|ter|cress [ˈwo:təkres US ˈwo:tər , ˈwa: ] n [U] a small green plant with strong tasting leaves that grows in water ▪ a bunch of watercress …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • watercress — [[t]wɔ͟ːtə(r)kres[/t]] N UNCOUNT Watercress is a small plant with white flowers which grows in streams and pools. Its leaves taste hot and are eaten raw in salads …   English dictionary

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  • watercress — noun a) A perennial European herb, Nasturtium officinale or Rorippa nasturtium aquaticum, that grows in freshwater streams; used in salads and as a garnish. b) A similar plant …   Wiktionary

  • Watercress — Nasturtium (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary


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