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

  Town \Town\ (toun), n. [OE. toun, tun, AS. tun inclosure, fence,
     village, town; akin to D. tuin a garden, G. zaun a hadge,
     fence, OHG. zun, Icel. tun an inclosure, homestead, house,
     Ir. & Gael. dun a fortress, W. din. Cf. Down, adv. & prep.,
     Dune, tine to inclose.]
     1. Formerly:
        (a) An inclosure which surrounded the mere homestead or
            dwelling of the lord of the manor. [Obs.]
        (b) The whole of the land which constituted the domain.
            [Obs.]
        (c) A collection of houses inclosed by fences or walls.
            [Obs.] --Palsgrave.
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     2. Any number or collection of houses to which belongs a
        regular market, and which is not a city or the see of a
        bishop. [Eng.] --Johnson.
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     3. Any collection of houses larger than a village, and not
        incorporated as a city; also, loosely, any large, closely
        populated place, whether incorporated or not, in
        distinction from the country, or from rural communities.
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              God made the country, and man made the town.
                                                    --Cowper.
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     4. The body of inhabitants resident in a town; as, the town
        voted to send two representatives to the legislature; the
        town voted to lay a tax for repairing the highways.
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     5. A township; the whole territory within certain limits,
        less than those of a country. [U. S.]
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     6. The court end of London; -- commonly with the.
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     7. The metropolis or its inhabitants; as, in winter the
        gentleman lives in town; in summer, in the country.
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              Always hankering after the diversions of the town.
                                                    --Addison.
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              Stunned with his giddy larum half the town. --Pope.
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     Note: The same form of expressions is used in regard to other
           populous towns.
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     8. A farm or farmstead; also, a court or farmyard. [Prov.
        Eng. & Scot.]
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     Note: Town is often used adjectively or in combination with
           other words; as, town clerk, or town-clerk; town-crier,
           or town crier; townhall, town-hall, or town hall;
           townhouse, town house, or town-house.
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     Syn: Village; hamlet. See Village.
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     Town clerk, an office who keeps the records of a town, and
        enters its official proceedings. See Clerk.
  
     Town cress (Bot.), the garden cress, or peppergrass. --Dr.
        Prior.
  
     Town house.
        (a) A house in town, in distinction from a house in the
            country.
        (b) See Townhouse.
  
     Town meeting, a legal meeting of the inhabitants of a town
        entitled to vote, for the transaction of public bisiness.
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     Town talk, the common talk of a place; the subject or topic
        of common conversation.
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