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cruciferous

[kroo-sif-er-uh s] /kruˈsɪf ər əs/
adjective
1.
bearing a cross.
2.
Botany. belonging to the Cruciferae, the mustard family of plants.
Compare mustard family.
Origin
1650-1660
1650-60; < Late Latin crucifer crucifer; see -ous
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cruciferous

/kruːˈsɪfərəs/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or belonging to the plant family Cruciferae See crucifer (sense 1)
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Word Origin and History for cruciferous
adj.

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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