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
a person who carries a cross
cruciferous (kruːˈsɪfərəs) adjective
C16: from Late Latin, from Latin crux cross + ferre to carry
(kr'sə-fər) Any of various plants in the mustard family (Cruciferae or Brassicaceae), including many important food plants, such as bok choy, cabbage, and radishes, as well as certain ornamental flowers.