Definition of crucifer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈkruːsɪfə/


1 Botany A cruciferous plant, with four petals arranged in a cross.
Example sentences
  • The diamond back moth, Plutella xylostella is much cause for concern as a pest of crucifers, that is plants such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and canola.
  • Among plants, the small crucifer Arabidopsis thaliana has an increasingly important role as a developmental model for flowering plants, especially in relation to the genetic basis of plant development.
  • Black Rot is a devastating fungal disease which infects many vegetable species, especially crucifers.
2A person carrying a cross or crucifix in a procession.


Mid 16th century: from Christian Latin, from Latin crux, cruc- 'cross'.

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