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[kap-ruh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌkæp rə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun, Horticulture.
a method of artificial pollination of fig trees by wasps that prick the buds on branches of the caprifig that have been hung in trees of the edible fig. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Historical Examples
  • I cannot learn that caprification is now practised in Italy, but it is still in use in Greece.

    Man and Nature George P. Marsh
  • The comparison of the fertilization of the date palm to the use of the wild fig refers to the practice of caprification.

  • Thirty or forty years ago I read all that I could find about caprification, and was utterly puzzled.

British Dictionary definitions for caprification


a method of pollinating the edible fig by hanging branches of caprifig flowers in edible fig trees. Parasitic wasps in the caprifig flowers transfer pollen to the edible fig flowers
Word Origin
C17: from Latin caprifīcātiō, from caprifīcāre to pollinate figs by this method, from caprifīcuscaprifig
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