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silique

si·lique

 (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.

si•lique

(səˈlik, ˈsɪl ɪk)

n.
the long two-valved seed vessel or pod of plants belonging to the mustard family.
[1400–50; < Latin siliqua pod]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.silique - narrow elongated seed capsule peculiar to the family Cruciferaesilique - 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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