figs

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fig \Fig\ (f[i^]g), noun [F. figue the fruit of the tree, Pr. figa, fr. L. ficus fig tree, fig. Cf. {Fico}.]

1. (Bot.) A small fruit tree ({Ficus Carica}) with large leaves, known from the remotest antiquity. It was probably native from Syria westward to the Canary Islands.

2. The fruit of a fig tree, which is of round or oblong shape, and of various colors.

Note: The fruit of a fig tree is really the hollow end of a stem, and bears numerous achenia inside the cavity. Many species have little, hard, inedible figs, and in only a few does the fruit become soft and pulpy. The fruit of the cultivated varieties is much prized in its fresh state, and also when dried or preserved. See {Caprification}.

3. A small piece of tobacco. [U.S.]

4. The value of a fig, practically nothing; a fico; -- used in scorn or contempt. "A fig for Peter." --Shak.

{Cochineal fig}. See {Conchineal fig}.

{Fig dust}, a preparation of fine oatmeal for feeding caged birds.

{Fig faun}, one of a class of rural deities or monsters supposed to live on figs. "Therefore shall dragons dwell there with the fig fauns." --Jer. i. 39. (Douay version).

{Fig gnat} (Zool.), a small fly said to be injurious to figs.

{Fig leaf}, the leaf tree; hence, in allusion to the first clothing of Adam and Eve (Genesis iii.7), a covering for a thing that ought to be concealed; esp., an inadequate covering; a symbol for affected modesty.

{Fig marigold} (Bot.), the name of several plants of the genus {Mesembryanthemum}, some of which are prized for the brilliancy and beauty of their flowers.

{Fig tree} (Bot.), any tree of the genus {Ficus}, but especially {F. Carica} which produces the fig of commerce.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fig \Fig\, noun Figure; dress; array. [Colloq.]

Were they all in full fig, the females with feathers on their heads, the males with chapeaux bras? --Prof. Wilson.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Fig \Fig\, verb (used with an object) [See {Fico}, {Fig}, noun]

1. To insult with a fico, or contemptuous motion. See {Fico}. [Obs.]

When Pistol lies, do this, and fig me like The bragging Spaniard. --Shak.

2. To put into the head of, as something useless o? contemptible. [Obs.] --L'Estrange.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

fig

noun

1: a diagram or picture illustrating textual material; "the area covered can be seen from Figure 2" [syn: {figure}, {fig}]

2: Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit [syn: {fig}, {common fig}, {common fig tree}, {Ficus carica}]

3: a Libyan terrorist group organized in 1995 and aligned with al-Qaeda; seeks to radicalize the Libyan government; attempted to assassinate Qaddafi [syn: {Libyan Islamic Fighting Group}, {FIG}, {Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya}, {Libyan Fighting Group}, {Libyan Islamic Group}]

4: fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried


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