Definition of siliqua in US English:

siliqua

(also silique)

noun

Botany
  • The long, narrow seedpod 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 rosettes have small low-lying leaves, whereas shoots can be tall with numerous small flowers that produce siliques containing seeds.’
    • ‘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.’

Origin

Latin, literally ‘pod’.

Pronunciation

siliqua

/ˈsiləkwə//ˈsɪləkwə/