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[suh-leek, sil-ik]
noun Botany.
  1. the long two-valved seed vessel or pod of plants belonging to the mustard family.
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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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Historical Examples

  • 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.

silique in Science


  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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