cru·​ci·​fer | \ ˈkrü-sə-fər How to pronounce crucifer (audio) \

Definition of crucifer

1 : one who carries a cross especially at the head of an ecclesiastical procession
2 : any of a family (Brassicaceae synonym Cruciferae) of plants including the cabbage, turnip, and mustard

Other Words from crucifer

cruciferous \ krü-​ˈsi-​f(ə-​)rəs How to pronounce crucifer (audio) \ adjective

Examples of crucifer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These healthy cauliflower recipes make the most of our favorite crucifer. Ali Francis, Bon Appétit, 6 Apr. 2021 Refresh the vegetable garden by sowing seeds of crucifers and lettuces. Thad Orr, Sunset Magazine, 10 Feb. 2020 Then the procession begins to form, beginning with the crucifer and growing to include banner-carriers, flower girls, and first communicants. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 22 June 2019

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First Known Use of crucifer

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for crucifer

Late Latin, from Latin cruc-, crux + -fer

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“Crucifer.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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