silique

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n silique narrow elongated seed capsule peculiar to the family Cruciferae
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Silique (Bot) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n silique In botany, the long podlike fruit of the mustard family. It is a narrow two-valved capsule, with two parietal placentæ, from which the valves separate in dehiscence. Frequently a false partition is stretched across between the two placentæ, rendering the pod two-celled in an anomalous way. Also siliqua. See also cut under pod.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Silique si-lēk′ (bot.) the two-valved elongated seed-vessel of the Cruciferæ
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. siliqua, a pod or husk, a very small weight or measure: cf. F. silique,

Usage

In literature:

Pod a short silique or a silicle, varying from oblong-linear to globular, terete or nearly so; valves strongly convex, nerveless.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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