- Cruciferous Cru*cif"er*ous (kr[.u]*s?f"?r-?s), a. [L. crux,
crucis, cross + -ferous: cf. F. crucif[`e]re.]
1. Bearing a cross.
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cruciferous — 1650s, from L.L. crucifer cross bearing, from L. crux (gen. crucis) stake, cross. Originally in literal senses; botanical use (in ref. to a symmetrical arrangement of four petals) is from 1851 … Etymology dictionary
cruciferous — ► ADJECTIVE Botany ▪ of the cabbage family (Cruciferae), with four equal petals arranged in a cross. ORIGIN from Latin crux cross + fer bearing … English terms dictionary
Cruciferous — Possible uses of the adjective cruciferous: Cruciferous plants of the family Brassicaceae. Edible plants of the Brassicaceae family, known as cruciferous vegetables. Examples: broccoli, brussels sprouts. Etymology of cruciferous : having flowers… … Wikipedia
cruciferous — adjective see crucifer … New Collegiate Dictionary
cruciferous — /krooh sif euhr euhs/, adj. 1. bearing a cross. 2. Bot. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants. Cf. mustard family. [1650 60; < LL crucifer CRUCIFER; see OUS] * * * … Universalium
cruciferous — adjective /kruˈsɪfərəs/ Of, or relating to the crucifer plants or products from these plants; of the family Cruciferae, the cabbage family, including cabbage and mustard. See Also: crucifer, Cruciferae … Wiktionary
cruciferous — bearing a cross Bearing and Carrying … Phrontistery dictionary
cruciferous — adj. carrying a cross, bearing a crucifix; belonging to the mustard family, belonging to the family Cruciferae (Botany) … English contemporary dictionary
cruciferous — [kru: sɪf(ə)rəs] adjective Botany relating to or denoting plants of the cabbage family (Cruciferae), with four equal petals arranged in a cross. Origin C19: from mod. L. Cruciferae, from L. crux, cruc cross + fer bearing + ous … English new terms dictionary
cruciferous — cru·cif·er·ous … English syllables