[ sil-i-kwuh ]
/ ˈsɪl ɪ kwə /
Save This Word!

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.
Were you ready for a quiz on this topic? Well, here it is! See how well you can differentiate between the uses of "was" vs. "were" in this quiz.
Question 1 of 7
“Was” is used for the indicative past tense of “to be,” and “were” is only used for the subjunctive past tense.

Origin of siliqua

1885–90; <Late Latin; Latin: pod, carob tree
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use siliqua in a sentence

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012