from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A dry, dehiscent, elongated fruit, characteristic of the mustard family, having two valves that fall away leaving a central partition.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A long dry fruit (seed capsule), length more than twice the width, typical to cruciferous plants and consisting of two fused carpels that separate when ripe.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An oblong or elongated seed vessel, consisting of two valves with a dissepiment between, and opening by sutures at either margin. The seeds are attached to both edges of the dissepiment, alternately upon each side of it.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In botany, the long podlike fruit of the mustard family.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. narrow elongated seed capsule peculiar to the family Cruciferae
French, from Old French, from Latin siliqua, seed pod.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin siliqua a pod or husk, a very small weight or measure: compare French silique. (Wiktionary)