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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II).
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CARSES, Kersses, “The generic name for Cresses” (Sc. 1808 Jam., kersses); the water-cress, Nasturtium officinale. [kɛrsɪz]Edb. 1772 G. Boyack Cries of Edinburgh in Scots Mag. (May 1934) 146:
O, wha'll buy my dainty well-carses, Water-purpy and saleds a fouth?
Ayr. 1822 H. Ainslie Pilgrimage, etc. 229:
On ae han', saughs knee deep in rashes, Wi' carses flower'd outowre the splashes.

[O.E. cærse, cerse, cresse, cress (Sweet).]

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