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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Cress  \Cress\  (kr[e^]s),  n.;  pl  {Cresses}  (kr[e^]s"[e^]z).  [OE. 
  ces,  cresse,  kers,  kerse,  AS  cresse,  cerse;  akin  to  D.  kers, 
  G.  kresse,  Dan.  karse,  Sw  krasse,  and  possibly  also  to  OHG. 
  chresan  to  creep.]  (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.''  --Skeat. 




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