caprifig

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n caprifig wild variety of the common fig used to facilitate pollination of certain figs
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n caprifig The uncultivated male form of the common fig, Ficus Carica, which is practically diœcious, though staminate and pistillate flowers are found upon the same tree. The fruit of the caprifig is hard and useless, but is the home of a small gnat-like gall-insect, Blastophaga grossorum, which in escaping from the orifice covers itself with pollen and thus becomes a means for effecting the fertilization of the edible fig. See caprification.
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