[kroo-sif-er-uh s]


bearing a cross.
Botany. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants.

Origin of cruciferous

1650–60; < Late Latin crucifer crucifer; see -ous Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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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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