Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One who bears a cross in a religious procession.
  • noun A plant in the mustard family.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) Any plant of the family Cruciferæ.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Roman Catholic church a person who carries a cross in a religious procession
  • noun botany a member of the family Cruciferae, the cabbage family, including cabbage and mustard

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

  • noun any of various plants of the family Cruciferae

Etymologies

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

[Late Latin : Latin crux, cruc-, cross + Latin -fer, -fer.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin crucifer ("cross-bearer"), from crux ("cross") + ferō ("I carry, bear").

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  • very Episcopalian

    August 13, 2008