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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]
cru•ci•fer(ˈkru sə fər)
1. a person who carries a cross, as in ecclesiastical processions.
2. a cruciferous plant.
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|Noun||1.||crucifer - 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
Alliaria officinalis, garlic mustard, hedge garlic, jack-by-the-hedge, sauce-alone - European herb that smells like garlic
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
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
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
malheur wire lettuce, Stephanomeria malheurensis - a small plant of Oregon resembling mustard; a threatened species