from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a natural family of plants with four-petaled flowers; the mustard family.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A very extensive natural order of dicotyledonous plants, of about 175 genera and 1,500 species, found in all countries, but least abundant in the tropics.

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

  • n. a large family of plants with four-petaled flowers; includes mustards, cabbages, broccoli, turnips, cresses, and their many relatives


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  • Without expecting game, some useful plant might be met with, and the young naturalist was delighted with discovering a sort of wild spinach, belonging to the order of chenopodiaceae, and numerous specimens of cruciferae, belonging to the cabbage tribe, which it would certainly be possible to cultivate by transplanting.

    The Mysterious Island

  • PASTEL is a plant of the family of the cruciferae, the diftinguifliing charafter of which is taken from the form of the feed-pod, which is flat like that of the afh, edged with a thin membrane, and contains two long feeds/

    Elements of the Art of Dyeing


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