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

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

Examples of crucifer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Solemn Parties, Festive Liturgies — What’s Not to Like about Being Catholic?," 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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The first known use of crucifer was in 1574

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