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.
The wild fig (Ficus carica var. sylvestris) growing mainly in S Europe and the Near East and used in caprification.
Origin of caprifig
- Middle English from Latin caprifīcus (influenced by Middle English fig fig) caper capr- goat fīcus fig fig1
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition