Definition of crucifer in English:



  • 1Botany
    A cruciferous plant, with four petals arranged in a cross.

    • ‘Among plants, the small crucifer Arabidopsis thaliana has an increasingly important role as a developmental model for flowering plants, especially in relation to the genetic basis of plant development.’
    • ‘The diamond back moth, Plutella xylostella is much cause for concern as a pest of crucifers, that is plants such as cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli and canola.’
    • ‘Black Rot is a devastating fungal disease which infects many vegetable species, especially crucifers.’
    • ‘In the following, we shall present a solution to this problem and apply it to the divergence between the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana and its relatives among the crucifers.’
    • ‘We are studying properties of spontaneous mutation affecting quantitative traits of the annual crucifer, Arabidopsis thaliana.’
  • 2A person carrying a cross or crucifix in a procession.


Mid 16th century: from Christian Latin, from Latin crux, cruc- cross.