[ waw-ter-kres, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌkrɛs, ˈwɒt ər- /


a cress, Nasturtium officinale, of the mustard family, usually growing in clear, running streams and having pungent leaves.
the leaves, used for salads, soups, and as a garnish.

Origin of watercress

1300–50; Middle English; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German waterkerse. See water, cress

Example sentences from the Web for watercress

British Dictionary definitions for watercress

/ (ˈwɔːtəˌkrɛs) /


an Old World plant, Nasturtium officinale, of clear ponds and streams, having pungent leaves that are used in salads and as a garnish: family Brassicaceae (crucifers)
any of several similar or related plants