[ sil-i-kwuh ]
/ ˈsɪl ɪ kwə /

noun, plural sil·i·quae [sil-i-kwee]. /ˈsɪl ɪˌkwi/.

a silver coin of the later Roman Empire, the 24th part of a solidus, first issued by Constantine.



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Origin of siliqua

1885–90; <Late Latin; Latin: pod, carob tree Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for siliqua

  • In R. raphanistrum the siliqua is articulated, that is to say, contracted at intervals, and the seeds placed each in a division.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants|Alphonse De Candolle
  • In R. sativus the siliqua is continuous, and forms a single cavity.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants|Alphonse De Candolle
  • 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 siliqua, a long, narrow fruit that splits into two valves which separate from a membrane with placenta on both sides.

    Field and Woodland Plants|William S. Furneaux

British Dictionary definitions for siliqua


silique (sɪˈliːk, ˈsɪlɪk)

/ (sɪˈliːkwə, ˈsɪlɪkwə) /

noun plural -liquae (-ˈliːkwiː), -liquas or -liques

the long dry dehiscent fruit of cruciferous plants, such as the wallflower, consisting of two compartments separated by a central septum to which the seeds are attached

Derived forms of siliqua

siliquaceous (ˌsɪlɪˈkweɪʃəs), adjectivesiliquose (ˈsɪlɪˌkwəʊs) or siliquous (ˈsɪlɪkwəs), adjective

Word Origin for siliqua

C18: via French from Latin siliqua a pod
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