noun Etymology: Middle English caprifige, part translation of Latin caprificus, from capr-, caper goat + ficus fig — more at fig Date: 15th century a wild fig (Ficus carica sylvestris) of southern Europe and southwestern Asia used for caprification of the cultivated fig; also its fruit

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  • caprifig — [kap′rə fig΄] n. [< L caprificus, wild fig < caper (see CAPRIOLE) + ficus, fig] the wild fig (Ficus carica var. sylvestris) growing mainly in S Europe and the Near East and used in caprification …   English World dictionary

  • caprifig — /kap reuh fig /, n. 1. the wild fig, Ficus carica, bearing an inedible fruit used in pollination of the edible fig. 2. the fruit itself. [1350 1400; ME < L caprificus the wild fig tree, lit., the goat fig, equiv. to capri CAPRI + ficus FIG1] * *… …   Universalium

  • caprifig — noun a) A fig tree which produces both male and female flowers and is used to fertilize the female trees of the species. b) The accessory fruit of this tree, which is considered inedible by humans. See Also: caprify …   Wiktionary

  • caprifig — cap·ri·fig …   English syllables

  • caprifig — cap•ri•fig [[t]ˈkæp rəˌfɪg[/t]] n. pln the wild fig, Ficus carica, bearing an inedible fruit used in pollination of the edible fig • Etymology: 1350–1400; ME < L caprifīcus lit., the goat fig =capri (see Capricorn) +fīcus fig I …   From formal English to slang

  • caprifig —   n. wild fig …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • caprifig — noun wild variety of the common fig used to facilitate pollination of certain figs • Syn: ↑Ficus carica sylvestris • Hypernyms: ↑fig, ↑common fig, ↑common fig tree, ↑Ficus carica …   Useful english dictionary

  • caprification — [kap΄rə fi kā′shən] n. 〚L caprificatio, fertilization of figs by the pollination of the gall wasp < caprificare, to fertilize figs (by this process) < caprificus: see CAPRIFIG〛 the pollination of certain cultivated figs through the transfer to… …   Universalium

  • wild fig — noun 1. a West Indies clusia having fig shaped fruit • Syn: ↑Clusia flava • Hypernyms: ↑tree • Member Holonyms: ↑genus Clusia 2. a strangler tree native to southern Florida and West Indies; begins as an epiphyte eventually developing many thick… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Ficus — Taxobox name = Ficus image width = 240px image caption = Sycamore Fig, Ficus sycomorus regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida subclassis = Rosidae unranked ordo = Eurosids I ordo = Rosales familia = Moraceae genus =… …   Wikipedia

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