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1. One who bears a cross in a religious procession.
2. A plant in the mustard family.

[Late Latin : Latin crux, cruc-, cross + Latin -fer, -fer. Sense 2, from New Latin Cruciferae, alternative scientific name of the mustard family, from Late Latin crucifer (from the family's crosslike four-petaled flowers typically borne at the end of stalks ).]

cru·cif′er·ous (-sĭf′ər-əs) adj.


1. (Plants) any plant of the family Brassicaceae (formerly Cruciferae), having a corolla of four petals arranged like a cross and a fruit called a siliqua. The family includes the brassicas, mustard, cress, and wallflower
2. a person who carries a cross
[C16: from Late Latin, from Latin crux cross + ferre to carry]


(ˈkru sə fər)

1. a person who carries a cross, as in ecclesiastical processions.
2. a cruciferous plant.
[1565–75; < Late Latin, = Latin cruci-, s. of crux cross + -fer -fer]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.crucifer - any of various plants of the family Cruciferaecrucifer - any of various plants of the family Cruciferae
cruciferous vegetable - a vegetable of the mustard family: especially mustard greens; various cabbages; broccoli; cauliflower; brussels sprouts
Brassicaceae, Cruciferae, family Brassicaceae, family Cruciferae, mustard family - a large family of plants with four-petaled flowers; includes mustards, cabbages, broccoli, turnips, cresses, and their many relatives
cress, cress plant - any of various plants of the family Cruciferae with edible leaves that have a pungent taste
alyssum, madwort - any garden plant of the genus Alyssum having clusters of small yellow or white flowers
Anastatica hierochuntica, resurrection plant, rose of Jericho - small grey Asiatic desert plant bearing minute white flowers that rolls up when dry and expands when moist
wild cabbage, Brassica oleracea - wild original of cultivated cabbages; common in western coastal Europe
Brassica oleracea, cultivated cabbage, cabbage - any of various cultivars of the genus Brassica oleracea grown for their edible leaves or flowers
Brassica oleracea gemmifera, brussels sprout - plant grown for its stout stalks of edible small green heads resembling diminutive cabbages
Brassica oleracea botrytis, cauliflower - a plant having a large edible head of crowded white flower buds
Brassica oleracea italica, broccoli - plant with dense clusters of tight green flower buds
borecole, Brassica oleracea acephala, cole, colewort, kail, kale - a hardy cabbage with coarse curly leaves that do not form a head
Brassica oleracea gongylodes, kohlrabi - plant cultivated for its enlarged fleshy turnip-shaped edible stem
turnip plant - any of several widely cultivated plants having edible roots
Brassica rapa ruvo, broccoli raab, broccoli rabe - plant grown for its pungent edible leafy shoots
mustard - any of several cruciferous plants of the genus Brassica
Brassica rapa pekinensis, celery cabbage, Chinese cabbage, napa, pe-tsai - plant with an elongated head of broad stalked leaves resembling celery; used as a vegetable in east Asia
bok choi, bok choy, Brassica rapa chinensis, Chinese white cabbage, pak choi, pakchoi - Asiatic plant grown for its cluster of edible white stalks with dark green leaves
Brassica perviridis, Brassica rapa perviridis, spinach mustard, tendergreen - Asiatic plant cultivated for its swollen root crown and edible foliage
Camelina sativa, gold of pleasure - annual European false flax having small white flowers; cultivated since Neolithic times as a source of fiber and for its oil-rich seeds; widely naturalized in North America
Capsella bursa-pastoris, shepherd's pouch, shepherd's purse - white-flowered annual European herb bearing triangular notched pods; nearly cosmopolitan as an introduced weed
radish plant, radish - a cruciferous plant of the genus Raphanus having a pungent edible root
malheur wire lettuce, Stephanomeria malheurensis - a small plant of Oregon resembling mustard; a threatened species
herb, herbaceous plant - a plant lacking a permanent woody stem; many are flowering garden plants or potherbs; some having medicinal properties; some are pests
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For decades, any fluorescent pseudomonad causing disease on a crucifer was almost automatically identified as Pseudomonas syringae pv.
Two Pseudacris crucifer were taken during this investigation; the individuals were both adults and were captured in funnel traps.
His mum commented: "He's seen the crucifer in procession in Church.
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In the Proceedings of the Third International Workshop: The Management of Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Pests, pp.
Instead of forming a head, the crucifer produces small purple florets on its side branches that can be harvested for weeks.
Twelve species were observed and recorded: Anayrus americanus, Anaxyrus fowleri, Acris crepitans, Hyla chrysoscelis, Hyla cinerea, Hyla gratiosa, Psuedacris crucifer, Pseudacris feriarum, Gastrophryne carolinensis, Lithobates catesbeiana, Lithobates clamitans, and Lithobates sphenocephala.
Torchbearers were Rachel Elaine Brady and Mary Hannah Brady, and the crucifer was James Armstrong Hazard, all of Columbus.
Contributed by pharmaceutics, pathology, cancer, nutrition, and other specialists from North America and Asia, chapters address the basic mechanisms of inflammation/oxidative stress-driven cancer, including preventing carcinogenesis, the role of obesity, and antioxidant properties of common dietary phytochemicals; cellular signal transduction, molecular targets, and biomarkers of these cancer-preventive phytochemicals; challenges with in vivo absorption and pharmacokinetics of phytochemicals; cancer prevention and vitamins A, D, and E, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, flavonoids and polyphenols, garlic organosulfur compounds and crucifer glucusinolates, and selenium, herbal medicines, and alpha lipoic acid; and epigenetics and chronic inflammation.
A new pesticide-free and environmentally-friendly way to control insect pests has moved ahead today with the publication of scientific results showing that Oxitec diamondback moths (DBM) with a 'self-limiting gene' can dramatically reduce populations of DBM, an invasive species and serious pest of cabbages, kale, canola and other crucifer crops around the world.
Cade Romano, the groom's cousin, served as the crucifer.