from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A method of assuring pollination of the Smyrna and other edible figs in which flower clusters of the caprifig are hung from trees of the edible fig, allowing wasps to carry pollen from the flowers of the caprifig to those of the edible varieties.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A process for pollinating figs by hanging clusters of wild fig flowers (of genus Caprificus) in the trees (pollen being transferred by wasps)

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The practice of hanging, upon the cultivated fig tree, branches of the wild fig infested with minute hymenopterous insects.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A process intended to accelerate the ripening of the fig, and to improve the fruit.


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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



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  • At times it seems they won't give a fig

    And look on study as quite infra dig,

    But caprification

    Brings maturation

    And patient labor gets them to twig.

    June 10, 2014

  • Fascinating definition. Reminds me of my first job, whose duties included hand-polliating hydroponically-grown hothouse tomatoes with an electric toothbrush.

    December 10, 2010