cruciferous
adjective see crucifer

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  • Cruciferous — Cru*cif er*ous (kr[.u]*s?f ?r ?s), a. [L. crux, crucis, cross + ferous: cf. F. crucif[ e]re.] 1. Bearing a cross. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Of, pertaining to, or resembling, a family of plants which have four petals arranged like the arms of a… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cruciferous — 1650s, from L.L. crucifer cross bearing, from L. crux (gen. crucis) stake, cross. Originally in literal senses; botanical use (in ref. to a symmetrical arrangement of four petals) is from 1851 …   Etymology dictionary

  • cruciferous — ► ADJECTIVE Botany ▪ of the cabbage family (Cruciferae), with four equal petals arranged in a cross. ORIGIN from Latin crux cross + fer bearing …   English terms dictionary

  • Cruciferous — Possible uses of the adjective cruciferous: Cruciferous plants of the family Brassicaceae. Edible plants of the Brassicaceae family, known as cruciferous vegetables. Examples: broccoli, brussels sprouts. Etymology of cruciferous : having flowers… …   Wikipedia

  • cruciferous — /krooh sif euhr euhs/, adj. 1. bearing a cross. 2. Bot. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants. Cf. mustard family. [1650 60; < LL crucifer CRUCIFER; see OUS] * * * …   Universalium

  • cruciferous — adjective /kruˈsɪfərəs/ Of, or relating to the crucifer plants or products from these plants; of the family Cruciferae, the cabbage family, including cabbage and mustard. See Also: crucifer, Cruciferae …   Wiktionary

  • cruciferous — bearing a cross Bearing and Carrying …   Phrontistery dictionary

  • cruciferous — adj. carrying a cross, bearing a crucifix; belonging to the mustard family, belonging to the family Cruciferae (Botany) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • cruciferous — [kru: sɪf(ə)rəs] adjective Botany relating to or denoting plants of the cabbage family (Cruciferae), with four equal petals arranged in a cross. Origin C19: from mod. L. Cruciferae, from L. crux, cruc cross + fer bearing + ous …   English new terms dictionary

  • cruciferous — cru·cif·er·ous …   English syllables

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