- a person who carries a cross, as in a church procession
- Bot. any plant of the crucifer family
Origin of cruciferEcclesiastical Late Latin from Classical Latin crux, cross + ferre, to bear; crucifersense from arrangement of flower petals in the form of a cross
designating a family (Brassicaceae, order Capparales) of dicotyledonous plants with cross-shaped flowers, pointed pods, and strong, cabbagelike odors, including cabbage, turnip, broccoli, radish, horseradish, and alyssum
- One who bears a cross in a religious procession.
- A plant in the mustard family.
Origin of cruciferLate LatinLatin crux cruc- cross Latin -fer -fer Sense 2, from New Latin Cruciferae alternative scientific name of the mustard family from Late Latin crucifer ( from the family's crosslike four-petaled flowers typically borne at the end of stalks )