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siliqua

Line breaks: sili|qua
Pronunciation: /ˈsɪlɪkwə
 
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(also silique /sɪˈliːk/)

Definition of siliqua in English:

noun (plural siliquae /-kwiː/ or siliques /sɪˈliːks/)

1 Botany The long, narrow seed pod of many plants of the cabbage family, splitting open when mature.
Example sentences
  • The seeds and any abscised siliques were collected from plastic collars around the plant.
  • Activity was also detected in the stigma, receptacle, and petal and sepal veins, and in siliques and developing seeds.
  • Recently, ethylene evolution in desiccating siliques and seeds of mustard and canola was measured, with the conclusion that ethylene within the silique may contribute to seed degreening.
2A Roman silver coin of the 4th and 5th centuries ad, worth 1/24 solidus.
Example sentences
  • The coins, which were miliarenses and siliquae used throughout the Roman Empire, had come from mints as far afield as Lyon, Arles, Rome and Constantinople and were buried in about AD 365.

Origin

Latin, literally 'pod'.

Derivatives

siliquose

1
Pronunciation: /-kwəʊs/
adjective
Example sentences
  • Other dishes from the mountain include chicken stewed with siliquose pelvetia (a kind of fungus only found within 2m of the ancient pine trees around the Nine Dragon Hill), coral herbs and hill lilac.

Words that rhyme with siliqua

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