Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • Fruit is a long 2. 5-6.3 cm (1. 0-2.5 in) green capsule called a silique, and contains many seeds.

    Find Me A Cure

  • Adventitious pod in silique of _Cheiranthus_ 182 96,

    Vegetable Teratology An Account of the Principal Deviations from the Usual Construction of Plants

  • And sodeinly ispasurated and turning my selfe about, I might perceiue vpon one side of me many silique trees of _Aegypt_, with their ripe long coddes hanging and beating one against an other with the winde, had felled downe themselues, which when I perceiued, I was soone quieted, and beganne to make sport at my owne folly.

    Hypnerotomachia The Strife of Loue in a Dreame

  • As for your attack on the media, I would EXPECT them to focus on the explosion and the missing men rather then delve into a 10 minute silique about DP vs anchors on the Horizon.

    Drudge Retort

  • As for your attack on the media, I would EXPECT them to focus on the explosion and the missing men rather then delve into a 10 minute silique about DP vs anchors on the Horizon

    Drudge Retort

  • Seeds: Small, black seeds grow in a row inside the silique.

    Find Me A Cure

  • The high mixing of colors in icr1 mutant indicates that the synchronization of embryo development within a single silique is compromised.

    PLoS Biology: New Articles

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