[ suh-leek, sil-ik ]
/ səˈlik, ˈsɪl ɪk /
the long two-valved seed vessel or pod of plants belonging to the mustard family.
Origin of silique
1400–50; late Middle English selyque, silique (< Middle French silique) < Latin siliqua; see siliqua
Related formssil·i·qua·ceous [sil-i-kwey-shuh s] /ˌsɪl ɪˈkweɪ ʃəs/, adjective
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Examples from the Web for silique
The capsule is very long and narrow, resembling a silique in shape, but broad on the outside, and the leaves are pinnate.Botany for Ladies|Jane Loudon
Herbs, with a pungent watery juice and cruciform tetradynamous flowers; fruit a silique or silicle.
Science definitions for silique
[ sĭ-lēk′ ]
An elongated dry dehiscent seed pod that is the characteristic fruit of the mustard family. The two sides split off at maturity and leave a central partition to which the seeds are attached.
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