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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.
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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]
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(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]
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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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Una situacion similar se presenta en la rana Pseudacris crucifer donde tampoco se encontro una relacion entre el aumento de la tasa de llamadas y el aumento en la cantidad de ruido (Hanna et al., 2014).
We investigated how thermal acclimation influences key MTE model parameters for adult spring peeper frogs (Psendacris crucifer), by using the rate of their observable respiratory movements as a proxy for metabolic rate.
The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (L.) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae), was a secondary pest of crucifer crops that has become a primary pest due to widespread application of insecticides that has reduced populations of natural enemies and caused widespread insecticide resistance in the host (Talekar & Shelton 1993).
Cauliflower (Brassica oleracea) is part of the very recognizable vegetable family known as crucifer, or Brassica, which includes cabbage, broccoli, kale, and collard greens.
En algunos trabajos realizados con Stichodactyla helianthus, Bunodosoma granulifera y Phymanthus crucifer, en donde tambien se utilizo el shock hipotonico para obtener el veneno, se ha encontrado que cada ejemplar expele, respectivamente, 20,3, 39 y 89 mg de proteina (Rodriguez et al.
The diamondback moth, Plutella xylostella (Linnaeus, 1738) (Lepidoptera: Plutellidae) is the principal pest damaging crucifer crops in tropical areas throughout the world (Dickson et al.
A colourful procession of Cree dancers, led by a crucifer and a pole covered with eagle feathers, marked the importance of the area as a gathering place for Cree and settler peoples alike.
Broccoli is not the only crucifer which yields sulforaphane but it yields the highest amounts, with its GRN content around 75% [42] of total glucosinolates.
In the Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Diamond Back:The Management of Diamondback Moth and Other Crucifer Pests, 3-8.
Instead of forming a head, the crucifer produces small purple florets on its side branches that can be harvested for weeks.