One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
nounPlural siliquae, Plural siliques
The long, narrow seed pod of many plants of the cabbage family, splitting open when mature.
- ‘The minimum criterion for deciding that a plant was dispersing seeds was the presence of a crack between one valve and the septum of one silique large enough for a seed to pass.’
- ‘The seeds and any abscised siliques were collected from plastic collars around the plant.’
- ‘The rosettes have small low-lying leaves, whereas shoots can be tall with numerous small flowers that produce siliques containing seeds.’
- ‘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.
- ‘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.’
Latin, literally ‘pod’.
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