[kroo-shee-it, -eyt] /ˈkru ʃi ɪt, -ˌeɪt/
shaped like a cross; cross-shaped.
Botany. having the form of a cross with equal arms, as the flowers of mustard.
Entomology. crossing diagonally when at rest, as the wings of certain insects.
shaped or arranged like a cross: cruciate petals
“cross-shaped,” from Modern Latin cruciatus, from Latin crux (genitive crucis) “cross” (see cross (n.)). Obsolete meaning “tormented” is 1530s, from Latin cruciat-, past participle stem of cruciare “cause pain or anguish to,” literally “crucify,” from crux.
cruciate cru·ci·ate (krōō’shē-āt’) or cru·cial (krōō’shəl)
[kroo-suh-buh l] /ˈkru sə bəl/ noun 1. a container of metal or refractory material employed for heating substances to high temperatures. 2. Metallurgy. a hollow area at the bottom of a furnace in which the metal collects. 3. a severe, searching test or trial. /ˈkruːsɪbəl/ noun 1. a vessel in which substances are heated to […]
noun 1. steel made in a crucible, especially a high-grade steel prepared by melting selected materials. noun 1. a high-quality steel made by melting wrought iron, charcoal, and other additives in a crucible
[kroo-suh-fer] /ˈkru sə fər/ noun 1. a person who carries a cross, as in ecclesiastical processions. 2. Botany. a cruciferous plant. /ˈkruːsɪfə/ noun 1. 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, […]
[kroo-sif-er-uh s] /kruˈsɪf ər əs/ adjective 1. bearing a cross. 2. Botany. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants. /kruːˈsɪfərəs/ adjective 1. of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family Cruciferae See crucifer (sense 1) adj. 1650s, from Late Latin crucifer “cross-bearing,” from Latin crux (genitive crucis) “stake, cross” (see cross (n.)). […]