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[kap-ruh-fig] /ˈkæp rəˌfɪg/
the wild fig, Ficus carica, bearing an inedible fruit used in pollination of the edible fig.
the fruit itself.
Origin of caprifig
1350-1400; Middle English < Latin caprifīcus the wild fig tree, literally, the goat-fig, equivalent to capri- capri- + ficus fig1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The one (caprifig) produces only male or pollen-yielding flowers.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • At the same time she covers the ordinary flowers with pollen from the caprifig.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
  • Inside the caprifig are the grubs of the fig-wasp, which rejoice in the name of Blastophaga grossorum.

    The Romance of Plant Life G. F. Scott Elliot
British Dictionary definitions for caprifig


a wild variety of fig, Ficus carica sylvestris, of S Europe and SW Asia, used in the caprification of the edible fig
Word Origin
C15: from Latin caprifīcus literally: goat fig, from caper goat + fīcusfig1
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