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[sil-i-kwuh] /ˈsɪl ɪ kwə/
noun, plural siliquae
[sil-i-kwee] /ˈsɪl ɪˌkwi/ (Show IPA)
a silver coin of the later Roman Empire, the 24th part of a solidus, first issued by Constantine.
Origin of siliqua
1885-90; < Late Latin; Latin: pod, carob tree Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • In R. raphanistrum the siliqua is articulated, that is to say, contracted at intervals, and the seeds placed each in a division.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • In R. sativus the siliqua is continuous, and forms a single cavity.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants Alphonse De Candolle
  • The silicula, of the same nature as the siliqua, but about as broad as it is long.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux
  • The siliqua, a long, narrow fruit that splits into two valves which separate from a membrane with placenta on both sides.

    Field and Woodland Plants William S. Furneaux
British Dictionary definitions for siliqua


/sɪˈliːkwə; ˈsɪlɪkwə/
noun (pl) -liquae (-ˈliːkwiː), -liquas, -liques
the long dry dehiscent fruit of cruciferous plants, such as the wallflower, consisting of two compartments separated by a central septum to which the seeds are attached
Derived Forms
siliquaceous (ˌsɪlɪˈkweɪʃəs) adjective
siliquose (ˈsɪlɪˌkwəʊs), siliquous (ˈsɪlɪkwəs) adjective
Word Origin
C18: via French from Latin siliqua a pod
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