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

1. bearing a cross.
2. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants.
[1650–60; < Late Latin]
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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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References in classic literature ?
Eight hundred fathoms broad at this point, the Niger flowed between banks richly grown with cruciferous plants and tamarind-trees.
Smaller amounts can be found in nuts, beans and cruciferous vegetables, such as broccoli.
A lab study has shown that a compound in cruciferous vegetables--indole-3-carbinol--may help fight cancer, according to research published in Science, May 17, 2019.
According to a recent study published in the International Journal of Cancer, cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, cabbage and cauliflower, as well as yellow and orange veggies like carrots, yellow peppers and squash, were found to be the best for lowering the risk of breast cancer among women initially age 27 to 59 (researches followed up with participants for 30 years to test efficacy).
Summary: TEHRAN (FNA)- Long associated with decreased risk of cancer, broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables -- the family of plants that also includes cauliflower, cabbage, collard greens, Brussels sprouts and kale -- contain a molecule that inactivates a gene known to play a role in a variety of common human cancers.
Epidemiological studies show that high intake of cruciferous vegetables like radishes is associated with a lower incidence of lung and colorectal cancer.
"Sprinkle some in yoghurt, make a smoothie, add some to a salad or eat as a healthy dessert." Cruciferous vegetables "Pack your plate with cruciferous vegetables as you age," says Dawn.
Eat a nutritious diet that's heavy in cancer-fighting foods, like broccoli and other cruciferous vegetables, dark leafy greens, beans and peas, berries, cherries, tomatoes, and nuts.
Women who have a high daily intake of fruits and vegetables, particularly cruciferous varieties like broccoli and cabbage, and yellow and orange vegetables, may have a lower risk of breast cancer than women who eat fewer fruits and vegetables, according to Harvard researchers.
Several studies have demonstrated the impact of cruciferous vegetables, green tea, and spices such as curry and black pepper on epigenetic modifications in female cancers.
In particular, cruciferous, yellow-orange, and green leafy vegetables--like broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, winter squash, and lettuce--were linked to a lower risk of breast cancer.
Scientists say they have discovered why cruciferous veg, like cabbage and broccoli, can reduce the risk of bowel cancer.