caprifig

caprifig

[kap-ruh-fig]
noun
1.
the wild fig, Ficus carica, bearing an inedible fruit used in pollination of the edible fig.
2.
the fruit itself.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Latin caprifīcus the wild fig tree, literally, the goat-fig, equivalent to capri- capri + fīcus fig1

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caprifig (ˈkæprɪˌfɪɡ)
 
n
a wild variety of fig, Ficus carica sylvestris, of S Europe and SW Asia, used in the caprification of the edible fig
 
[C15: from Latin caprifīcus literally: goat fig, from caper goat + fīcusfig1]

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