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

Examples of silique in a Sentence

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, 11 May 2017

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of silique was in 1785

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“Silique.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

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