Definition of Cruciferae

1. Noun. A large family of plants with four-petaled flowers; includes mustards, cabbages, broccoli, turnips, cresses, and their many relatives.

Exact synonyms: Brassicaceae, Family Brassicaceae, Family Cruciferae, Mustard Family
Generic synonyms: Dilleniid Dicot Family
Group relationships: Order Papaverales, Order Rhoeadales, Papaverales, Rhoeadales
Member holonyms: Crucifer, Cruciferous Plant, Cress, Cress Plant, Watercress, Aethionema, Genus Aethionema, Alliaria, Genus Alliaria, Alyssum, Genus Alyssum, Arabidopsis, Genus Arabidopsis, Arabis, Genus Arabis, Armoracia, Genus Armoracia, Barbarea, Genus Barbarea, Berteroa, Genus Berteroa, Biscutella, Genus Biscutella, Brassica, Genus Brassica, Cakile, Genus Cakile, Camelina, False Flax, Genus Camelina, Capsella, Genus Capsella, Cardamine, Genus Cardamine, Dentaria, Genus Dentaria, Cheiranthus, Genus Cheiranthus, Cochlearia, Genus Cochlearia, Crambe, Genus Crambe, Descurainia, Genus Descurainia, Diplotaxis, Genus Diplotaxis, Genus Draba, Eruca, Genus Eruca, Erysimum, Genus Erysimum, Genus Heliophila, Genus Hesperis, Hesperis, Genus Iberis, Iberis, Genus Isatis, Isatis, Genus Lepidium, Lepidium, Genus Lesquerella, Lesquerella, Genus Lobularia, Lobularia, Genus Lunaria, Lunaria, Genus Malcolmia, Malcolmia, Genus Matthiola, Matthiola, Genus Nasturtium, Nasturtium, Genus Physaria, Physaria, Genus Pritzelago, Pritzelago, Genus Raphanus, Raphanus, Genus Rorippa, Rorippa, Genus Schizopetalon, Genus Sinapis, Sinapis, Genus Sisymbrium, Genus Stanleya, Stanleya, Genus Stephanomeria, Stephanomeria, Genus Subularia, Subularia, Genus Thlaspi, Thlaspi, Genus Thysanocarpus, Thysanocarpus, Genus Turritis, Turritis, Genus Vesicaria, Vesicaria, Wasabi
Derivative terms: Cruciferous

Medical Definition of Cruciferae

1. Dicotyledon family of 350 genera of mostly herbaceous plants with peppery-flavored leaves. Members include arabidopsis, brassica, and mustard. (12 Dec 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Cruciferae

cruciate anastomosis
cruciate eminence
cruciate ligament of leg
cruciate ligament of the atlas
cruciate ligaments of knee
cruciate muscle
cruciate sulci
cruciate sulcus
crucible steel
cruciferae (current term)
cruciferous plant
cruciferous vegetable
crucifix fish

Literary usage of Cruciferae

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Organography of Plants, Especially of the Archegoniata and Spermaphyta by Karl Goebel (1905)
"Payer's investigations show that there are attempts at unequal-sided development even in radial flowers'. cruciferae. The cruciferae, for example, ..."

2. An Illustrated Flora of the Northern United States, Canada and the British by Nathaniel Lord Britton, Addison Brown (1913)
"cruciferae B. Juss. Hort. Trian. 1759. MUSTARD FAMILY. Herbs, rarely somewhat woody, with watery acrid sap, alternate leaves, and racemose or corymbose ..."

3. Systematic Anatomy of the Dicotyledons: A Handbook for Laboratories of Pure by Hans Solereder, Dukinfield Henry Scott (1908)
"cruciferae (pp. 58-67). 2. ... in the foliage-leaves of the cruciferae contain the following statements, which we may add to the information given on pp. ..."

4. Leaflets of Botanical Observation and Criticism by Edward Lee Greene (1906)
"Certain West American cruciferae. The Californian cruciferae in general, and perhaps more especially that extensive list of species that have been variously ..."

5. Flora of Vermont: A List of the Fern and Seed Plants Growing Without Cultivation by Ezra Brainerd, Vermont Botanical Club, Lewis Ralph Jones, Willard Webster Eggleston (1900)
"Rich wooded hillsides ; frequent. FUMARIA F. OFFICINALIS, L. Fumitory. Occasionally persistent in old gardens. cruciferae. MUSTARD FAMILY ARABIS. ..."

6. Garden Flowers: How to Cultivate Them. A Treatise on the Culture of Hardy by Edward Sprague Rand (1866)
"[cruciferae.] A genus containing some well-known hardy annuals, and a few greenhouse and hardy sub-shrubs. The annuals are showy and useful border plants, ..."

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