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[suh-leek, sil-ik] /səˈlik, ˈsɪl ɪk/
noun, Botany.
the long two-valved seed vessel or pod of plants belonging to the mustard family.
Origin of silique
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English selyque, silique (< Middle French silique) < Latin siliqua; see siliqua
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[sil-i-kwey-shuh s] /ˌsɪl ɪˈkweɪ ʃəs/ (Show IPA),
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Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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An elongated dry dehiscent seed pod that is the characteristic fruit of the mustard family. The two sides split off at maturity and leave a central partition to which the seeds are attached.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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