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silique

[suh-leek, sil-ik] /səˈlik, ˈsɪl ɪk/
noun, Botany
1.
the long two-valved seed vessel or pod of plants belonging to the mustard family.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English selyque, silique (< Middle French silique) < Latin siliqua; see siliqua
Related forms
siliquaceous
[sil-i-kwey-shuh s] /ˌsɪl ɪˈkweɪ ʃəs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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siliquaceous in Science
silique
  (sĭ-lēk')   
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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Encyclopedia Article for siliquaceous

silique

any dry fruit that separates at maturity into two or four segments called valves, leaving a persistent partition that bears the seeds. The valves remain connected at the top. A typical silique is an elongated capsule, such as in cabbage. A silicle, or silicula, is a short and broad silique, as in shepherd's purse (Capsella). Both types are characteristic of plants in the mustard family.

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