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fig wasp

noun
  1. a chalcid wasp, Blastophaga psenes, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, that pollinates figs, usually of the Smyrna variety.
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Origin of fig wasp

First recorded in 1880–85
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Historical Examples of fig wasp

  • 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