Bitter cress. See under Bitter.Not worth a cress, or "not worth a kers." a common old proverb, now turned into the meaningless "not worth a curse." Skeat.

(Cres*selle") n. [F. crécelle rattle.] (Eccl.) A wooden rattle sometimes used as a substitute for a bell, in the Roman Catholic church, during the latter part of Holy Week, or the last week of Lent.

(Cres"set) n. [OF. crasset, cresset, sort of lamp or torch; perh. of Dutch or German origin, and akin to E. cruse, F. creuset crucible, E. crucible.]

1. An open frame or basket of iron, filled with combustible material, to be burned as a beacon; an open lamp or firrepan carried on a pole in nocturnal processions.

Starry lamps and blazing cressets, fed
With naphtha and asphaltus.

As a cresset true that darts its length
Of beamy luster from a tower of strength.

2. (Coopering) A small furnace or iron cage to hold fire for charring the inside of a cask, and making the staves flexible. Knight.

(Cress"y) a. Abounding in cresses.

The cressy islets white in flower.

(Crest) n. [OF. creste, F. crête, L. crista.]

1. A tuft, or other excrescence or natural ornament, growing on an animal's head; the comb of a cock; the swelling on the head of a serpent; the lengthened feathers of the crown or nape of bird, etc. Darwin.

[Attack] his rising crest, and drive the serpent back.
C. Pitt.

Crescentwise to Cribbage

(Cres"cent*wise`) adv. In the form of a crescent; like a crescent. Tennyson.

(Cres"cive) a. [L. crescere to increase.] Increasing; growing. [R.]

Unseen, yet crescive in his faculty.

(Cre"sol) n. [From Creosote.] (Chem.) Any one of three metameric substances, CH3.C6H4.OH, homologous with and resembling phenol. They are obtained from coal tar and wood tar, and are colorless, oily liquids or solids. [Called also cresylic acid.]

(Cre*sor"cin) n. (Chem.) Same as Isorcin.

(Cress) n.; pl. Cresses [OE. 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 antiscorbutic.

The garden cress, called also peppergrass, is the Lepidium sativum; the water cress is the Nasturtium officinale. Various other plants are sometimes called cresses.

To strip the brook with mantling cresses spread.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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