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[kroo-sif-er-uh s] /kruˈsɪf ər əs/

bearing a cross.
Botany. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants.
of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family Cruciferae See crucifer (sense 1)

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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