si·​lique | \ sə-ˈlēk How to pronounce silique (audio) \

Definition of silique

: a narrow elongated 2-valved usually many-seeded capsule that is characteristic of the mustard family, opens by sutures at either margin, and has two parietal placentas

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Recent Examples on the Web An average garlic mustard plant can produce up to 600 tiny seeds, which are arranged in long, narrow capsules called siliques. Dave Taft, New York Times, "Garlic Mustard: Evil, Invasive, Delicious," 11 May 2017

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First Known Use of silique

1785, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for silique

French, from New Latin siliqua, from Latin, pod, husk

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“Silique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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