- the wild fig, Ficus carica, bearing an inedible fruit used in pollination of the edible fig.
- the fruit itself.
Origin of caprifig
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Historical Examples of caprifig
The one (caprifig) produces only male or pollen-yielding flowers.
At the same time she covers the ordinary flowers with pollen from the caprifig.
Inside the caprifig are the grubs of the fig-wasp, which rejoice in the name of Blastophaga grossorum.
- a wild variety of fig, Ficus carica sylvestris, of S Europe and SW Asia, used in the caprification of the edible fig
Word Origin for caprifig
C15: from Latin caprifīcus literally: goat fig, from caper goat + fīcus fig 1
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