silique [suh-leek, sil-ik] ExamplesWord Origin noun Botany.
- 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; seeRelated formssil·i·qua·ceous [sil-i-kwey-shuh s] /ˌsɪl ɪˈkweɪ ʃəs/, adjective Examples from the Web for silique Historical Examples of silique
The capsule is very long and narrow, resembling a silique in shape, but broad on the outside, and the leaves are pinnate.
Herbs, with a pungent watery juice and cruciform tetradynamous flowers; fruit a silique or silicle.
silique in Science silique [sĭ-lēk′]
- 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.