plural noun Cru·cif·er·ae \krüˈsifəˌrē\

Definition of Cruciferae

  1. :  a family of herbs (order Rhoeadales) characterized by cruciate tetramerous flowers and by the fruit which is a silique or a silicle — see brassica

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Origin and Etymology of cruciferae

New Latin, from Latin cruci-, crux + -ferae (feminine plural of -fer)

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quaintly unconventional or refined

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