cap·​ri·​fig ˈka-prə-ˌfig How to pronounce caprifig (audio)
: a wild fig (Ficus carica sylvestris) of southern Europe and southwestern Asia used for caprification of the cultivated fig
also : its fruit

Word History


Middle English caprifige, partial translation of Latin caprificus, from capr-, caper goat + ficus fig — more at fig

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of caprifig was in the 15th century

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“Caprifig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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