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1. A wild variety of Mediterranean fig (Ficus carica) used in the caprification of certain edible figs.
2. The pear-shaped structure on this plant that encloses numerous small flowers and later develops into an inedible multiple fruit.
[Middle English, from Latin caprifīcus (influenced by Middle English fig, fig) : caper, capr-, goat + fīcus, fig; see fig1.]
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(Plants) a wild variety of fig, Ficus carica sylvestris, of S Europe and SW Asia, used in the caprification of the edible fig
[C15: from Latin caprifīcus literally: goat fig, from caper goat + fīcus fig1]
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the wild fig, Ficus carica, bearing an inedible fruit used in pollination of the edible fig.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Latin caprifīcus literally, the goat-fig =capri- (see Capricorn) + fīcus fig1]
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