cress

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English[edit]

Cress
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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English cresse, crasse, from Old English cressa, cærse (cress), from Proto-West Germanic *krassjō, from Proto-Germanic *krasjô (cress). Cognate with West Frisian kers (cress), Dutch kers (cress), German Kresse (cress), Danish karse (cress), Swedish krasse (cress), Icelandic krassi (cress).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɹɛs/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɛs

Noun[edit]

cress (countable and uncountable, plural cresses)

  1. (plants) 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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Etymology 2[edit]

Noun[edit]

cress (plural cresses)

  1. Archaic form of kris.

Lombard[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Akin to Italian crescere, from Latin.

Verb[edit]

cress

  1. to grow

Yola[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English creiz, from Old French crois, from Latin crux, crucem.

Noun[edit]

cress

  1. cross
    • 1867, “JAMEEN QOUGEELY EE-PEALTHE”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, page 110, lines 7-8:
      'choo'd drieve aam aul awye to Kie o' Cress Farnogue, an maake aam cry, 'Rotheda Palloake !' "
      I would drive them all away to the quay of Cross Farnogue, and make them cry, 'Rotten Palluck !' "

Verb[edit]

cress

  1. cross
    • 1867, “CASTEALE CUDDE'S LAMENTATION”, in SONGS, ETC. IN THE DIALECT OF FORTH AND BARGY, number 3, page 104:
      'Cham afear'd ich mosth cress a Shanaan,
      I am afraid I must cross the Shannon,

References[edit]

  • Jacob Poole (1867), William Barnes, editor, A Glossary, With some Pieces of Verse, of the old Dialect of the English Colony in the Baronies of Forth and Bargy, County of Wexford, Ireland, London: J. Russell Smith, page 32