from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In botany, same as silique.
  • noun A Roman unit of weight, 1⁄1728 of a pound.
  • noun A weight of four grains used in weighing gold and precious stones; a carat.
  • noun In anatomy, a formation suggesting a husk or pod.
  • noun The lowest unit in the Roman coinage, the twenty-fourth part of a solidus. See solidus.
  • noun A coin of base silver of the Gothic and Lombard kings of Italy. Also silica.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) Same as silique.
  • noun A weight of four grains; a carat; -- a term used by jewelers, and refiners of gold.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany Alternative spelling of silique.
  • noun A weight of four grains; a carat.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun narrow elongated seed capsule peculiar to the family Cruciferae


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  • Great Caesar, while fearful and curious,

    Considered a penny usurious.

    "A siliqua for your thoughts"

    Won't uncover many plots.

    So died poor Julius the Penurious.

    July 28, 2014