- bearing a cross.
- Botany. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants.
Origin of cruciferous
Examples from the Web for cruciferous
Belongs to the cruciferous family, and—Hang the cruciferous family!The New Mistress
George Manville Fenn
Woad is a cruciferous plant, Isatis tinctoria, used for dyeing.
Anastatica, a genus of cruciferous plants, including the Rose of Jericho (A. hierochuntica).
It occurs in cruciferous plants, as wallflower, cabbage and cress.
The Cruciferous plants form so natural an order, that when one of them has been described the others may be easily recognised.Botany for Ladies
- of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family CruciferaeSee crucifer (def. 1)
Word Origin and History for cruciferous
1650s, from Late Latin crucifer "cross-bearing," from Latin crux (genitive crucis) "stake, cross" (see cross (n.)). Originally in literal senses; botanical use (in reference to a symmetrical arrangement of four petals) is from 1851.