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crucifer

(kro͞o′sə-fər)
n.
1. One who bears a cross in a religious procession.
2. A plant in the mustard family.

cru·cif′er·ous (-sĭf′ər-əs) adj.
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crucifer

a member of the family Cruciferae, consisting of annual to perennial herbs, which are rarely wood and have flowers with four equal petals arranged crosswise; examples are the brassicas, mustards, shepherd's purse.
Collins Dictionary of Biology, 3rd ed. © W. G. Hale, V. A. Saunders, J. P. Margham 2005
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In very large gardens, you can rotate among family groups of vegetables: crucifers (cabbage, turnips, broccoli and other cole crops); legumes (beans, peas); umbellifers (carrots, parsnips, dill, parsley); and lilies (onions, garlic).
Turnip aphid and green peach aphid are the most important aphids on crucifers. Adults are soft-bodied, pear or spindle shaped insects with a posterior pair of tubes (chronicles or siphunculi), which project upward and backward from the dorsal surface of the abdomen and which are used for excreting a defensive fluid.
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Role of dead flower parts in infection of certain crucifers by Sclerotinia sclerotiorum (Lib.) de Bary.
Because of the wealth of molecular information known about Arabidopsis thaliana and because Arabidopsis produces fewer peroxidase isoenzymes than other crucifers (Hoyle 1977), several molecular studies of peroxidase have been performed with this plant.