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[kroo-sif-er-uh s]
  1. bearing a cross.
  2. Botany. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants.
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Origin of cruciferous

1650–60; < Late Latin crucifer crucifer; see -ous
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  1. of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family CruciferaeSee crucifer (def. 1)
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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.

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