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silicle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n silicle short broad silique occurring in some cruciferous plants
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Silicle (Bot) A seed vessel resembling a silique, but about as broad as it is long. See Silique.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n silicle In botany, in the mustard family, a short, silique—that is, a pod or seed-vessel the length of which does not more than twice, or possibly thrice, surpass the breadth, as in the shepherd's-purse, Lunaria, candytuft, etc. See silique, pouch, 4, and fig. 4 under pod. Also silicula, silicule.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Silicle sil′i-kl (bot.) a seed-vessel shorter and containing fewer seeds than a silique—also Sil′icule, Silic′ula
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. silicula, dim. of siliqua, a pod or husk: cf. F. silicule,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. silicula, dim. of siliqua, a pod.

Usage

In literature:

Pod a short silique or a silicle, varying from oblong-linear to globular, terete or nearly so; valves strongly convex, nerveless.
"The Manual of the Botany of the Northern United States" by Asa Gray
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