from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who bears a cross in a religious procession.
  • n. Botany Any of various plants in the mustard family (Cruciferae or Brassicaceae), which includes the alyssum, candytuft, cabbage, radish, broccoli, and many weeds.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a person who carries a cross in a religious procession
  • n. a member of the family Cruciferae, the cabbage family, including cabbage and mustard

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any plant of the family Cruciferæ.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A cross-bearer; specifically, one who carries a large cross in ecclesiastical processions.
  • n. In botany, a plant of the order Cruciferæ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any of various plants of the family Cruciferae


Late Latin : Latin crux, cruc-, cross + Latin -fer, -fer.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin crucifer ("cross-bearer"), from crux ("cross") + ferō ("I carry, bear"). (Wiktionary)



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