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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [waw-ter-kres, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌkrɛs, ˈwɒt ər-/
    • /ˈwɔː.tə.kres/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [waw-ter-kres, wot-er-]
    • /ˈwɔ tərˌkrɛs, ˈwɒt ər-/

Definitions of watercress word

  • noun watercress a cress, Nasturtium officinale, of the mustard family, usually growing in clear, running streams and having pungent leaves. 1
  • noun watercress the leaves, used for salads, soups, and as a garnish. 1
  • noun watercress A cress that grows in running water and whose pungent leaves are used in salad. 1
  • noun watercress green vegetable 1
  • uncountable noun watercress Watercress is a small plant with white flowers which grows in streams and pools. Its leaves taste hot and are eaten raw in salads. 0
  • noun watercress 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) 0

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Origin of watercress

First appearance:

before 1300
One of the 15% oldest English words
1300-50; Middle English; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German waterkerse. See water, cress

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Parts of speech for Watercress


watercress popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 68% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
Most Europeans know this English word. The frequency of it’s usage is somewhere between "mom" and "screwdriver".

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