caprifig

noun
cap·​ri·​fig | \ ˈka-prə-ˌfig How to pronounce caprifig (audio) \

Definition of caprifig

: a wild fig (Ficus carica sylvestris) of southern Europe and southwestern Asia used for caprification of the cultivated fig also : its fruit

First Known Use of caprifig

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for caprifig

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

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“Caprifig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/caprifig. Accessed 26 May. 2020.

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