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silicle (ˈsɪlɪkəl) or silicule (ˈsɪlɪkjʊl)

noun plural -liculae (-ˈlɪkjʊliː), -cles or -cules
  1. botany a short broad siliqua, occurring in such cruciferous plants as honesty and shepherd's-purse
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Word Origin

C18: from Latin silicula a small pod; see siliqua
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Historical Examples

  • The silicula, of the same nature as the siliqua, but about as broad as it is long.

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • The partition is narrow, hence the silicula is angustiseptal.

  • Silicula integra, ovali-oblonga: valvis planiusculis, dissepimento parallelis.