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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.


(Plants) of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family Cruciferae. See crucifer1


(kruˈsɪf ər əs)

1. bearing a cross.
2. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants.
[1650–60; < Late Latin]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.cruciferous - of or relating to or belonging to the plant family Cruciferae
phytology, botany - the branch of biology that studies plants
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