cruciferous

[kroo-sif-er-uh s]

Origin of cruciferous

1650–60; < Late Latin crucifer crucifer; see -ous
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for cruciferous

Historical Examples of cruciferous


British Dictionary definitions for cruciferous

cruciferous

adjective
  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family CruciferaeSee crucifer (def. 1)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for cruciferous
adj.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper