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 (sĭ-lēk′) or sil·i·qua (sĭl′ĭ-kwə)
n. pl. siliques or sil·i·quae (-kwē)
A dehiscent elongated fruit, characteristic of the mustard family, having two valves that fall away leaving a central partition as the fruit dries.

[French, from Old French, from Latin siliqua, seed pod.]

sil′i·quous (sĭl′ĭ-kwəs), sil′i·quose′ (-kwōs′) adj.


(sɪˈliːkwə; ˈsɪlɪkwə) or


n, pl -liquae (-ˈliːkwiː) , -liquas or -liques
(Botany) 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
[C18: via French from Latin siliqua a pod]
siliquaceous adj
siliquose, siliquous adj
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.siliqua - narrow elongated seed capsule peculiar to the family Cruciferaesiliqua - narrow elongated seed capsule peculiar to the family Cruciferae
capsule - a dry dehiscent seed vessel or the spore-containing structure of e.g. mosses
silicle - short broad silique occurring in some cruciferous plants
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Syntaxonomic note: Maghrebian phytosociologists used the name Oleo-Ceratonion siliquae Braun-Blanquet ex Guinochet & Drouineau 1944 to accommodate sclerophyllous scrub of the relevant ecological space (semi-arid to subhumid, thermomediterranean, coastal-close habitats).
The better plant growth at higher fertility levels also helped the plants to bore higher number of siliqua on main shoot as well as siliquae plant-1.
plant height (cm), days to maturity, point to first branch (cm), number of siliquae on main shoot, number of primary branches, number of secondary branches, main shoot length (cm), point to first siliqua (cm), siliqua length (cm), number of seeds per siliqua, seed yield per plant (g) and 1 000 seed weight (g) using standard methods.