from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The caprifig.
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Latins; and while eating and drinking, they sit shaded over with boughs of wild fig-tree, and the day they call Nonae Caprotinae, as some think from that wild fig-tree on which the maid-servant held up her torch, the Roman name for a wild fig-tree being caprificus.
Another fig-tree with a similar history is the _caprificus_ of the Campus Martius, subsequently the site of the worship of Iuno
Therefore the Nones are called Caprotinae because of the fig-tree, which the Romans call _caprificus_, and the women are feasted out of doors, under the shade of fig-tree boughs.
They call this day the _nonae caprotinae_, probably from the wild fig-tree from which the slave girl waved the torch; for in Latin a wild fig-tree is called _caprificus_.
'while I pull your old grandmotherly views from your heart,' or the extraordinarily harsh metaphor of the first satire (24) -- quo didicisse, nisi hoc fermentum et quae semel intus innata est rupto iecore exierit caprificus?