cruciferous

[kroo-sif-er-uhs]
adjective
1.
bearing a cross.
2.
Botany. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants.
Compare mustard family.


Origin:
1650–60; < Late Latin crucifer crucifer; see -ous

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crucifer (ˈkruːsɪfə)
 
n
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, and wallflower
2.  a person who carries a cross
 
[C16: from Late Latin, from Latin crux cross + ferre to carry]
 
cruciferous
 
adj

cruciferous (kruːˈsɪfərəs)
 
adj
See crucifer of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family Cruciferae

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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.
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Best dietary sources are canola oil, cruciferous vegetables, and soybean oil.
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