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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 of silique
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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British Dictionary definitions for silique

siliqua

/sɪˈliːkwə; ˈsɪlɪkwə/
noun (pl) -liquae (-ˈliːkwiː), -liquas, -liques
1.
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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silique 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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