the wild fig (Ficus carica var. sylvestris) growing mainly in S Europe and the Near East and used in caprification
Origin of caprifig; from 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 caprif&imacron;cus (influenced by Middle English fig, fig) : caper, capr-, goat + f&imacron;cus, fig; see fig1.