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 for Nasturtium officinale
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Water cress \Wa"ter cress`\ (Bot.)
     A perennial cruciferous herb ({Nasturtium officinale)
     growing usually in clear running or spring water. The leaves
     are pungent, and used for salad and as an antiscorbutic.
     [1913 Webster]

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.
     [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
           [1913 Webster]
  
                 To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread.
                                                    --Goldsmith.
           [1913 Webster]
  
     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.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  Nasturtium officinale
      n 1: perennial Eurasian cress growing chiefly in springs or
           running water having fleshy pungent leaves used in salads
           or as a potherb or garnish; introduced in North America and
           elsewhere [syn: common watercress, Rorippa nasturtium-
           aquaticum, Nasturtium officinale]

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