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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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De novo transcriptome profiling of cold-stressed siliques during pod filling stages in Indian mustard (Brassica juncea L.).
We threshed the plants and separated the seeds from siliques by using a WINTERSTEIGER I.D 350 thresher (Amelia Earhart Drive, Salt Lake City, U.S.A.).
* SEED HARVEST: The seed pods (siliques) turn tan to light brown when dry; harvest before they begin to split and spill seeds.
Feldman, "A rapid TRIzol-based two-step method for DNA-free RNA extraction from Arabidopsis siliques and dry seeds," Biotechnology Journal, vol.
However, after flowering these processes are transferred to the reproductive structures, especially siliques, whose area index (AIRS) increases gradually (MOGENSEN et al., 1997; DIEPENBROCK, 2000).
surface of siliques, suggesting a role in retrieval of cytokinins from
CbCOR15 promoter displayed a slight activity in seedlings, mature rosette leaves, stem leaves, flowers and mature siliques, and after cold treatment, the promoter activity increased greatly in all tissues.
It has roots along much of its stems, and in late spring, white flowers giving way to tiny seedpods, or siliques. Like all cresses, it is a member of the Cruciferae (Brassicaceae) family, making it distantly related to such plants as cabbage, mustard and turnips, as well as horseradish.
These variations can occur due to the differences in meteorological conditions from year to year (Dalmago et al., 2009), losses through natural threshing, due to uneven maturation of siliques (Silva et al., 2011) and management practices, such as sowing spacing and density (Shahin & Valiollah, 2009).
Flowering at the end of May was about 70%, with some plants bearing undeveloped siliques. Remarkably, several plants had white and yellow discolored flowers.
Cellular localization of the endo-PG protein in Arabidopsis siliques was determined by Sander et al.