Old English cressa, from West Proto-Germanic *krasjon-, from Proto-Indo-European *gras-. Cognates include Sanskrit ग्रसति (grasati), Dutch kers, German Kresse.
cress (countable and uncountable, plural cresses)
- (plants) A plant of various species, chiefly cruciferous. The leaves have a moderately pungent taste, and are used as a salad and antiscorbutic.