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Cru·cif·er·ous

Bearing a cross.

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Relating to or denoting plants of the cabbage family ( Brassicaceae, formerly Cruciferae ).

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Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Cruciferae (plural), from Latin crux, cruc- ‘cross’ + -fer ‘bearing’ (because the flowers have four equal petals arranged crosswise), + -ous.

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