caprification


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cap·ri·fi·ca·tion

 (kăp′rə-fĭ-kā′shən)
n.
A method of assuring pollination of various edible figs in which groups of pollen-bearing caprifigs are hung from trees of edible figs of the same species, allowing the fig wasp Blastophaga psenes to carry pollen from the caprifigs to the female flowers of the edible varieties.

[Latin caprifīcātio, caprifīcātiōn-, from caprifīcātus, past participle of caprifīcāre, to ripen figs by caprification, from caprifīcus, caprifig; see caprifig.]

caprification

(ˌkæprɪfɪˈkeɪʃən)
n
(Horticulture) a method of pollinating the edible fig by hanging branches of caprifig flowers in edible fig trees. Parasitic wasps in the caprifig flowers transfer pollen to the edible fig flowers
[C17: from Latin caprifīcātiō, from caprifīcāre to pollinate figs by this method, from caprifīcus caprifig]

caprification

the pollination process of figs, in which fig wasps, attracted by the caprifigs, or inedible fig-fruit, pollinate the figs. — caprificator, n.
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