plural noun

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

Word History


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

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“Cruciferae.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jun. 2024.

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