bittercress


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bit·ter·cress

 (bĭt′ər-krĕs′)
n.
Any of several herbs of the genus Cardamine in the mustard family, having racemes of white, pink, or purplish flowers, usually divided leaves, and pods that dehisce explosively.
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bittercress

(ˈbɪtəˌkrɛs)
n
(Plants) one of several perennial or annual plants of the genus Cardamine, that are related to lady's-smock, including hairy bittercress (C. hirsuta), a common weed resembling shepherd's purse, with which it is often confused: family: Brassicaceae (crucifers)
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Noun1.bittercress - any of various herbs of the genus Cardamine, having usually pinnate leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple flowersbittercress - any of various herbs of the genus Cardamine, having usually pinnate leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple flowers; cosmopolitan except Antarctic
cress, cress plant - any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste
Cardamine, genus Cardamine - bittercress, bitter cress
Cardamine pratensis, cuckoo flower, cuckooflower, lady's smock, meadow cress - a bitter cress of Europe and America
Cardamine bulbifera, coralroot, coral-root bittercress, coralwort, Dentaria bulbifera - European bittercress having a knotted white rootstock
Cardamine diphylla, crinkle root, crinkleroot, crinkle-root, Dentaria diphylla, pepper root, toothwort - North American herb with pungent scaly or toothed roots
Cardamine bulbosa, spring cress - small white-flowered cress common in wet places in eastern North America
Cardamine douglasii, purple cress - small perennial herb of cooler regions of North America with racemose purple flowers
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Roeddech chi'n cyfeirio at yr 'Hairy bittercress': Cardamine hirsuta ydi ei enw gwyddonol a berwr chwerw blewog yn Gymraeg.
Annual weeds grow exponentially, many of them seeding again within a few weeks - bittercress is probably the worst offender.
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