Caprifig meaning

kăp'rə-fĭg'
A wild variety of Mediterranean fig (Ficus carica) used in the caprification of certain edible figs.
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The pear-shaped structure on this plant that encloses numerous small flowers and later develops into an inedible multiple fruit.
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The wild fig (Ficus carica var. sylvestris) growing mainly in S Europe and the Near East and used in caprification.
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An individual fig tree of certain species of Ficus, which produces both male and female flowers and is used to fertilize the female trees of the species.
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The accessory fruit of this tree, which is considered inedible by humans.
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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