[ kroo-suh-fer ]
/ ˈkru sə fər /


a person who carries a cross, as in ecclesiastical processions.
Botany. a cruciferous plant.

Origin of crucifer

1565–75; < Late Latin, equivalent to Latin cruci- (stem of crux) cross + -fer -fer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for crucifer


/ (ˈkruːsɪfə) /


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
a person who carries a cross

Derived Forms

cruciferous (kruːˈsɪfərəs), adjective

Word Origin for crucifer

C16: from Late Latin, from Latin crux cross + ferre to carry
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Science definitions for crucifer


[ krōōsə-fər ]

Any of various plants in the mustard family (Cruciferae or Brassicaceae), including many important food plants, such as bok choy, cabbage, and radishes, as well as certain ornamental flowers.
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