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caprification

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noun cap·ri·fi·ca·tion \ˌka-prə-fə-ˈkā-shən\

Definition of caprification

  1. :  artificial pollination of figs that usually bear only pistillate flowers by hanging male flowering branches of the caprifig in the trees to facilitate pollen transfer by a fig wasp



Origin of caprification

Latin caprification-, caprificatio, from caprificare to pollinate by caprification, from caprificus


First Known Use: 1601


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