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[sil-i-kuh l]
noun Botany.
  1. a short silique.
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Origin of silicle

First recorded in 1775–85, silicle is from the Latin word silicula little husk or pod. See siliqua, -ule
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Examples from the Web for silicle

Historical Examples

  • Pouch, the silicle or short pod, as of Shepherd's Purse, 123.

    The Elements of Botany

    Asa Gray

  • Herbs, with a pungent watery juice and cruciform tetradynamous flowers; fruit a silique or silicle.

  • Pod a short silique or a silicle, varying from oblong-linear to globular, terete or nearly so; valves strongly convex, nerveless.

British Dictionary definitions for silicle


  1. botany a variant of silicula
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