caprification

noun
cap·​ri·​fi·​ca·​tion | \ ˌka-prə-fə-ˈkā-shən How to pronounce caprification (audio) \

Definition of caprification

: 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

First Known Use of caprification

1601, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caprification

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

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The first known use of caprification was in 1601

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“Caprification.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caprification. Accessed 17 Feb. 2020.

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