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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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The crucifer told the vicar he refused to carry a candle.
The amphibians, in approximate order of decreasing abundance, were: Acris crepitans, Pseudacris crucifer, Bufo americanus, Pseudacris triseriata, Rana catesbeiana, Rana clamitans, Bufo fowlerii.
These species include Bufo americanus and Pseudacris crucifer (a toad and a frog), Blarina brevicauda and Sorex cinereus (shrews), Myotis cf.
Pseudacris crucifer and Pseudacris triserriata) are notably longer.
So last weekend, against the experts' advice, she planted healthy stock (plants in the crucifer family) and pansies.
A quantitative-genetic analysis of larval life-history traits in Hyla crucifer.
spectans is known to infect the bufonids Rhinella crucifer (Wied-Neuwied, 1821), Rhinella icterica (Spix, 1824), and Rhinella schneideri (Werner, 1894) and the leptodactylid Leptodactylus latrans (Steffen, 1815) (Vicente et al.
Crucifer was Doug Crowe, and the two scripture readings were presented by Rose Crowe and Rev.
The most important insect pest of crucifer vegetables is Plutella xylostella (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) throughout the world (Talekar and Shelton, 1993), and since it feeds on leaves of vegetable from seedling to harvesting stage, it inflicts serious economic losses.
Although most broad-spectrum insecticides such as organophosphates, carbamates, and pyrethroids provide effective control (Rogers & Howel 1972; Wang 1978; Edelson & Mackey 2005a,b; McLeod 2005; Walgenbach & Schoof 2005; Kuhar & Doughty 2009), these insecticides are also detrimental to important natural enemies in the crucifer crop agroecosystem (Xu et al.
In predation trials with bluegill, Hyla versicolor, Pseudacris crucifer, Gastrophryne carolinensis, Incilius nebulifer, Anaxyrus woodhousii showed variation in palatability through development whereas L.