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 for Bitter cress
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
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     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.
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                 To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
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     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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Bitter \Bit"ter\, a. [AS. biter; akin to Goth. baitrs, Icel.
     bitr, Dan., Sw., D., & G. bitter, OS. bittar, fr. root of E.
     bite. See Bite, v. t.]
     1. Having a peculiar, acrid, biting taste, like that of
        wormwood or an infusion of hops; as, a bitter medicine;
        bitter as aloes.
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     2. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe;
        as, a bitter cold day.
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     3. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind;
        calamitous; poignant.
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              It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast
              forsaken the Lord thy God.            --Jer. ii. 19.
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     4. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh;
        stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
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              Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against
              them.                                 --Col. iii.
                                                    19.
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     5. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
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              The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with
              hard bondage.                         --Ex. i. 14.
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     Bitter apple, Bitter cucumber, Bitter gourd. (Bot.) See
        Colocynth.
  
     Bitter cress (Bot.), a plant of the genus Cardamine, esp.
        Cardamine amara.
  
     Bitter earth (Min.), tale earth; calcined magnesia.
  
     Bitter principles (Chem.), a class of substances, extracted
        from vegetable products, having strong bitter taste but
        with no sharply defined chemical characteristics.
  
     Bitter salt, Epsom salts; magnesium sulphate.
  
     Bitter vetch (Bot.), a name given to two European
        leguminous herbs, Vicia Orobus and Ervum Ervilia.
  
     To the bitter end, to the last extremity, however
        calamitous.
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     Syn: Acrid; sharp; harsh; pungent; stinging; cutting; severe;
          acrimonious.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  bitter cress
      n 1: any of various herbs of the genus Cardamine, having usually
           pinnate leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple
           flowers; cosmopolitan except Antarctic [syn: bittercress,
           bitter cress]

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