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[kap-ruh-fi-key-shuh n] /ˌkæp rə fɪˈkeɪ ʃən/
noun, Horticulture
a method of artificial pollination of fig trees by wasps that prick the buds on branches of the caprifig that have been hung in trees of the edible fig. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for caprification


a method of pollinating the edible fig by hanging branches of caprifig flowers in edible fig trees. Parasitic wasps in the caprifig flowers transfer pollen to the edible fig flowers
Word Origin
C17: from Latin caprifīcātiō, from caprifīcāre to pollinate figs by this method, from caprifīcuscaprifig
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