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

Word History


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

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caprification was in 1601

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Cite this Entry

“Caprification.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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