fig wasp
noun Date: 1883 a minute wasp (Blastophaga psenes of the family Agaontidae) that breeds in the caprifig and is the agent of caprification; broadly any wasp of the same family

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  • fig wasp — fig′ wasp n. ent a chalcid wasp, Blastophaga psenes, that pollinates figs, usu. of the Smyrna variety • Etymology: 1880–85 …   From formal English to slang

  • fig wasp — n. any of a family (Agaonidae) of small wasps living in certain figs, esp. a wasp (Blastophaga psenes) active in the pollination of certain cultivated strains …   English World dictionary

  • fig wasp — a chalcid wasp, Blastophaga psenes, introduced into the U.S. from Europe, that pollinates figs, usually of the Smyrna variety. [1880 85] * * * ▪ insect also called  fig insect        any of about 900 species of tiny wasps responsible for… …   Universalium

  • Fig wasp — Taxobox name = Fig wasps |220px image caption = Blastophaga psenes regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera subordo = Apocrita superfamilia = Chalcidoidea familia = Agaonidae subdivision ranks = Subfamilies… …   Wikipedia

  • fig wasp — noun : a minute insect (Blastophaga psenes) of the family Agaontidae that breeds in the caprifig and is important as the agent in the process of caprification; broadly : an insect of the family Agaontidae * * * a chalcid wasp, Blastophaga psenes …   Useful english dictionary

  • fig wasp — noun A wasp of the family Agaonidae, some of which pollinate figs …   Wiktionary

  • Wasp — Taxobox name = Wasp image width = 180px image caption = Aleiodes indiscretus parasitizing a gypsy moth caterpillar regnum = Animalia phylum = Arthropoda classis = Insecta ordo = Hymenoptera subdivision ranks = Suborder subdivision = Apocrita See… …   Wikipedia

  • fig — fig1 /fig/, n. 1. any tree or shrub belonging to the genus Ficus, of the mulberry family, esp. a small tree, F. carica, native to southwestern Asia, bearing a turbinate or pear shaped fruit that is eaten fresh, preserved, or dried. 2. the fruit… …   Universalium

  • wasp — (Roget s IV) n. Types of wasps include: common, fossorial, digging, digger, social, solitary, hunting, potter, paper, sand, wood, spider, mud, fig, gall, cuckoo, thread waisted; (mud) dauber, yellow jacket, hornet; see also bee 1 …   English dictionary for students

  • Common fig — Ficus carica Common Fig Common Fig foliage and fruit Conservation status …   Wikipedia

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