silique [suh-leek, sil-ik] ExamplesWord Origin noun Botany.

  1. 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; see siliqua Related 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.

    Botany for Ladies

    Jane Loudon

  • Herbs, with a pungent watery juice and cruciform tetradynamous flowers; fruit a silique or silicle.

    The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States

    Asa Gray

  • silique in Science silique [sĭ-lēk′]

    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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