Definition of Bittercress

1. Noun. Any of various herbs of the genus Cardamine, having usually pinnate leaves and racemes of white, pink or purple flowers; cosmopolitan except Antarctic.

Definition of Bittercress

1. Noun. ''Barbarea vulgaris'', a biennial herb native to Europe. ¹

2. Noun. Any plant of the Cardamine genus, especially ''Cardamine bulbosa'' and ''Cardamine hirsuta''. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bittercress

bitter pea
bitter pecan
bitter peptides
bitter pignut
bitter pill
bitter pill to swallow
bitter principle
bitter principles
bitter salts
bitter spar
bitter tonic
bitter water
bittercress (current term)

Literary usage of Bittercress

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Colin Clout's Calendar: The Record of a Summer. April-October. by Grant Allen (1901)
"bittercress has long, straight, upright pods, like charlock or cabbage, ... Children well know this habit of bittercress, and will press their fingers on ..."

2. Contributions Towards a Fauna and Flora of the County of Cork by J. R. Harvey, Thomas C. Power, John D. Humphreys, Cuvierian Society of Cork (1845)
"bittercress. 41. C. hirsuta, L. Hairy bittercress. By the Mardyke, &c. ... C. pratensis, L. Meadow bittercress. Ballyphehane Bog, &c.—very common. Tribe II. ..."

3. Diseases of Field and Garden Crops by Worthington George Smith (1884)
"... Clus.; Neslia paniculata, DBS. ; Hairy bittercress, Cardamine hirsuta, L.; Narrow-leaved bittercress, C. impatiens, L., and other plants. ..."

4. Publications by English Dialect Society (1894)
"... only occasionally, in autumn and winter."—Hancock, Birds of Northumberland, p. 52. SPINKS, the lady smock or meadow bittercress, Cardamine pratensis, ..."

5. The Popular Science Monthly (1891)
"... the pumpkin, and the vegetable-marrow, almost all of which are edible and in every way fruit-like. Among English weeds, the little bittercress ..."

6. Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society by Royal Meteorological Society (Great Britain) (1881)
"The Hairy bittercress was found in flower at Stroud on the 4th; the Snowdrop, at Mount Mellick, on the 10th, and at Sidcot and Lisburn on the 29th, ..."

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