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siliqua

[sil-i-kwuh]
noun, plural sil·i·quae [sil-i-kwee] /ˈsɪl ɪˌkwi/.
  1. 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
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Historical Examples of siliqua

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

    Field and Woodland Plants

    William S. Furneaux

  • In R. sativus the siliqua is continuous, and forms a single cavity.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants

    Alphonse De Candolle

  • 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

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for siliqua

siliqua

silique (sɪˈliːk, ˈsɪlɪk)

noun plural -liquae (-ˈliːkwiː), -liquas or -liques
  1. 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
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Derived Formssiliquaceous (ˌsɪlɪˈkweɪʃəs), adjectivesiliquose (ˈsɪlɪˌkwəʊs) or siliquous (ˈsɪlɪkwəs), adjective

Word Origin for siliqua

C18: via French from Latin siliqua a pod
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