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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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cru•cif•er•ous(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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