(also silique /sɪˈliːk/)
noun (plural siliquae /ˈsɪlɪkwiː/ or siliques /sɪˈliːks/)
1 Botany The long, narrow seed pod of many plants of the cabbage family, splitting open when mature.
- 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.
- 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.
Latin, literally 'pod'.
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