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Meaning of BRASSICA

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  mustards: cabbages; cauliflowers; turnips; etc.

BRASSICA is a 8 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: genus Brassica
 See Also: black mustard, bok choi, bok choy, borecole, Brassica juncea, Brassica napus, Brassica napus napobrassica, Brassica nigra, Brassica oleracea, Brassica oleracea acephala, Brassica oleracea gongylodes, Brassica oleracea italica, Brassica perviridis, Brassica rapa, Brassica rapa chinensis, Brassica rapa pekinensis, Brassica rapa perviridis, Brassica rapa ruvo, Brassicaceae, broccoli, broccoli raab, broccoli rabe, cabbage, celery cabbage, Chinese cabbage, chinese mustard, Chinese white cabbage, cole, colewort, colza, Cruciferae, cultivated cabbage, dilleniid dicot genus, family Brassicaceae, family Cruciferae, gai choi, indian mustard, kail, kale, kohlrabi, leaf mustard, mustard, mustard family, napa, pakchoi, pe-tsai, rape, rutabaga, rutabaga plant, spinach mustard, swede, Swedish turnip, tendergreen, turnip, turnip cabbage, white turnip, wild cabbage



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Bras"si*ca\, n. [L., cabbage.] (Bot.)
A genus of plants embracing several species and varieties
differing much in appearance and qualities: such as the
common cabbage ({B. oleracea}), broccoli, cauliflowers, etc.;
the wild turnip ({B. campestris}); the common turnip ({B.
rapa}); the rape or coleseed ({B. napus}), etc.

Biology Dictionary
 Definition: A genus of plants belonging to the mustard family Brassicaceae. The whole family includes a total of 376 different genera and 3,200 different species. The family is also known as "Cruciferae" because the four petaled flowers of these plants look like crosses. The plants are distributed worldwide and have annual (living one year), biennial (living two years) and perennial (living many years) members.

Member species of genus Brassica include Brassica napus which produces rapeseed or canola oil; Brassica nigra which produces yellow mustard; Brassica oleracea whose subspecies and strains include kale and collard greens (B. oleracea acephala), broccoli (B. oleracea botrytis), cauliflower (B. oleracea cauliflora), head cabbage (B. oleracea capitata), brussel sprouts (B. oleracea gemmifera), and kohlrabi (B. oleracea gongycoides); and Brassica rapa, whose subspecies include pak choi (B. rapa chinensis), Chinese cabbage (B. rapa pekinensis), and turnip (B. rapa rapifera). Also, one subspecies of B. rapa is used as a model organism to study genetics, molecular biology, plant breeding, cell biology, and physiology; it is called the "rapid cycling" Brassica or RCBr or the Wisconsin Fast Plant<SUP><FONT SIZE=-1>TM</FONT></SUP>, and was developed specifically for scientific study. Additionally, the radish Raphanus sativus is a member of the Brassicaceae family. The full taxonomic classification is kingdom Plantae, division Tracheophyta, subdivision Spermatophyta, class Angiospermae, subclass Dicotyledeonae, order Papaverales, family Brassicaceae.