Found 2 items, similar to bitter cress.
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Definition: bitter cress
n : 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
English → English
Definition: Bitter cress
(kr[e^]s), n.; pl. Cresses
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
Note: The garden cress, called also peppergrass
, is the
; the water cress is the Nasturtium officinale
. Various other plants are sometimes called
To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread.
. See under Bitter
Not worth a cress
, or “not worth a kers.”
a common old
proverb, now turned into the meaningless “not worth a
, 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.
2. Causing pain or smart; piercing; painful; sharp; severe;
as, a bitter cold day.
3. Causing, or fitted to cause, pain or distress to the mind;
It is an evil thing and bitter, that thou hast
forsaken the Lord thy God. --Jer. ii. 19.
4. Characterized by sharpness, severity, or cruelty; harsh;
stern; virulent; as, bitter reproach.
Husbands, love your wives, and be not bitter against
them. --Col. iii.
5. Mournful; sad; distressing; painful; pitiable.
The Egyptians . . . made their lives bitter with
hard bondage. --Ex. i. 14.
, Bitter cucumber
, Bitter gourd
. (Bot.) See
(Bot.), a plant of the genus Cardamine
(Min.), tale earth; calcined magnesia.
(Chem.), a class of substances, extracted
from vegetable products, having strong bitter taste but
with no sharply defined chemical characteristics.
, Epsom salts; magnesium sulphate.
(Bot.), a name given to two European
leguminous herbs, Vicia Orobus
and Ervum Ervilia
To the bitter end
, to the last extremity, however
Syn: Acrid; sharp; harsh; pungent; stinging; cutting; severe;