Definition of cruciferous in English:

cruciferous

Syllabification: cru·cif·er·ous
Pronunciation: /kro͞oˈsifərəs
 
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adjective

Botany
Of, relating to, or denoting plants of the cabbage family (Brassicaceae, formerly Cruciferae).
More example sentences
  • Broccoli, along with cauliflower and cabbage, belongs to the family of plants known as cruciferous vegetables, which are rich with antioxidants.
  • DNA sequence variations of chalcone synthase and Apetala3 gene promoters from 22 cruciferous plant species were analyzed to identify putative conserved regulatory elements.
  • On the world scene, diamondback moth is ranked as the major insect pest of a large number of commercially grown cruciferous plants, including canola.

Origin

mid 19th century: from modern Latin Cruciferae (plural), from Latin crux, cruc- 'cross' + -fer 'bearing' (because the flowers have four equal petals arranged crosswise), + -ous.

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