AskDefine | Define silicle

Dictionary Definition

silicle n : short broad silique occurring in some cruciferous plants

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Alternative spellings


  1. A short silique, such as the seed capsule (fruit) of shepherd's purse.


  • Finnish: litu

Extensive Definition

A silique is a fruit (seed capsule) of 2 fused carpels that separate when ripe, leaving a peristant partition, with the length being more than twice the width. This classification includes many members of the Brassicaceae family, but some members, such as Capsella bursa-pastroris L., have a shorter fruit of similar structure, in which case the fruit is called "silicle".
silicle in Catalan: Síliqua
silicle in Czech: Šešule
silicle in German: Schote (Frucht)
silicle in Spanish: Silicua
silicle in Esperanto: Silikvo
silicle in French: Silique
silicle in Galician: Silicua
silicle in Dutch: Hauw
silicle in Portuguese: Síliqua
silicle in Chinese: 角果
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