One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A fleshy hollow receptacle that develops into a multiple fruit, as in the fig.
- ‘Figs (or, more properly, syconia) are hollow multiple receptacles lined with numerous male and female florets.’
- ‘Excessive pollination by fig wasps from a nearby caprifig tree caused the syconium to split open.’
- ‘After flower pollination, tiny fruits develop within the syconium, which turns into the ripened fig.’
- ‘Earlier, at the flower stage, the syconium is the same shape but much smaller.’
- ‘The caprifig, whose syconia are generally considered to be inedible, is the wild fig of Asia Minor.’
Mid 19th century: modern Latin, from Greek sukon ‘fig’.
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