[ suh-leek, sil-ik ]

  1. 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

Other words from silique

  • sil·i·qua·ceous [sil-i-kwey-shuhs], /ˌsɪl ɪˈkweɪ ʃəs/, adjective

Words Nearby silique Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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Scientific definitions for silique


[ sĭ-lēk ]

  1. 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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