American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several trees or shrubs of the genus Ficus, especially F. carica, native to the Mediterranean region and widely cultivated for its edible multiple fruit.
- n. The sweet, hollow, pear-shaped, multiple fruit of this plant, having numerous tiny seedlike fruits.
- n. Any of several plants bearing similar fruit.
- n. The fruit of such a plant.
- n. A trivial or contemptible amount: not worth a fig; didn't care a fig.
- n. Dress; array: in full fig.
- n. Physical condition; shape: in fine fig.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To move suddenly or quickly; rove about.
- n. The common name for species of the genus Ficus, and for their fruit. The common fig, F. Carica, is a native of the Mediterranean region; it has been cultivated from a very remote date, and is now found in most warm temperate countries. It is a small tree, with large, rough, deciduous leaves, and a pyriform fruit, which varies much in size, color, and flavor, and of which two crops are usually borne each season. This fruit consists of a hollow, fleshy receptacle filled with a multitude of minute nutlets or so-called seeds, the ripened ovaries of the pistillate flowers which covered the interior. When green the fig has a milky, acrid juice, which becomes sweet and mucilaginous at maturity. The Turkey or Smyrna figs of commerce, which are the most esteemed, are large and pulpy. A superior quality of these are known as eleme figs (Turkish ellémé, hand-picked). What are called Greek figs are small and dry. The number of cultivated varieties is large. Figs are used in medicine as a mild laxative. The wild fig, or caprifig, is the staminate and sterile form of the same species. Of other species, F. Sycamorus, Pharaoh's fig, or the sycamore fig, is a large tree of Egypt, the fruit of which is eaten by the Arabs. Its light, durable wood was used by the Egyptians as the material for their mummy-cases. F. religiosa, the sacred fig of India, is also known as the pippul - or bo-tree (which see). F. pedunculata is the wild or red fig of southern Florida and the West Indies, a tree sometimes 40 feet high, and spreading by aërial roots, with a very small, globose fruit. The black fig of Jamaica is F. laurifolia and F. crassinervia. In Australia, F. macrophylla is known as the Moreton Bay fig, a noble tree with a broadly buttressed trunk. F. rubiginosa, the Port Jackson fig, is a tree with rooting branches, similar to the banian.
- n. A name given to various plants having a fruit somewhat resembling the fig.
- n. A florideous alga, Callithamnion floridulum.
- n. The fig-tree.
- n. A raisin.
- n. In farriery, an excrescence on the frog of a horse's foot following a bruise.
- n. A contemptuous gesture, pretended to be of Spanish origin, which consisted in thrusting out the thumb between the first and second fingers. Also called fig of Spain and fico.
- n. As a colloquial standard of value or consideration, the merest trifle; the least bit: as, your opinion is not worth a fig; I don't care a fig for it.
- To insult with ficos, or contemptuous motions of the fingers. See fig, n., 7, and fico.
- To put into the head of, as something worthless or useless.
- n. Dress; equipment: used chiefly in the phrase in full fig, in full or official dress.
- n. Hence Condition; state of preparation or readiness: as, the horse is in good fig for the race.
- To dress or deck: as, to fig one out.
- To trick or hocus, as a horse, so as to make the animal appear lively or spirited, as by putting a piece of ginger into the anus.
- A common abbreviation of figure.
- n. In soap-making, same as figging.
- n. An abbreviation of figurative or of figuratively.
- n. A fruit-bearing tree or shrub of the genus Ficus that is native mainly to the tropics.
- n. The fruit of the fig tree, pear-shaped and containing many small seeds.
- v. intransitive To move suddenly or quickly; rove about.
- n. Abbreviation of figure (diagram or illustration).
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (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.
- n. The fruit of a fig tree, which is of round or oblong shape, and of various colors.
- n. U.S. A small piece of tobacco.
- n. The value of a fig, practically nothing; a fico; -- used in scorn or contempt.
- v. obsolete To insult with a fico, or contemptuous motion. See fico.
- v. obsolete To put into the head of, as something useless o� contemptible.
- n. colloq. Figure; dress; array.
- n. fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried
- n. a diagram or picture illustrating textual material
- n. Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit
- n. a Libyan terrorist group organized in 1995 and aligned with al-Qaeda; seeks to radicalize the Libyan government; attempted to assassinate Qaddafi
- From Middle English fige, fygge (also fyke, from Old English fīc, see fike), from Anglo-Norman figue, from Old Provençal figa, from Vulgar Latin fīca ("fig"), from Latin fīcus ("fig tree"), from a pre-Indo European language, perhaps Phoenician (compare Classical Hebrew פַּגָּה (paggâ, "early fallen fig"), Classical Syriac ܦܓܐ (paggāʾ), dialectal Arabic - (faġġ), - (fiġġ)). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Old French figue, from Old Provençal figa, from Vulgar Latin *fīca, from Latin fīcus.Perhaps from fig, to trot out a horse in lively condition, dress up, variant of feague, to make a horse lively, probably from Dutch vegen, to brush, from Middle Dutch vēghen. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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