the wild fig (Ficus carica var. sylvestris) growing mainly in S Europe and the Near East and used in caprification
Origin of caprifigfrom Classical Latin caprificus, wild fig from caper (see capriole) + ficus, fig
- A wild variety of Mediterranean fig (Ficus carica) used in the caprification of certain edible figs.
- The pear-shaped structure on this plant that encloses numerous small flowers and later develops into an inedible multiple fruit.
Origin of caprifigMiddle English from Latin caprifīcus ( influenced by Middle English fig fig ) caper capr- goat fīcus fig ; see fig 1.