from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. any tree of the genus Ficus, but especially F. Carica which produces the fig of commerce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any moraceous tree of the tropical genus Ficus; produces a closed pear-shaped receptacle that becomes fleshy and edible when mature


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  • From behind him an ornamental fountain, representing a fig tree in full fruit, began to spurt water, filling the surrounding trough and overflowing until it touched the body of the Pearl Warrior.

    The Fortress of the Pearl

  • In the absence of other figs to mate with, and of agaonid wasps to intermediate that mating, a fig tree faces a celibate, fruitless future.

    The Song of The Dodo

  • The fig tree (Ficus carica) is very common in Palestine.

    Smith's Bible Dictionary

  • Insensibly and little by little, I was led on to such follies as to believe that a fig tree wept when it was plucked and that the sap of the mother tree was tears.

    Confessions and Enchiridion, newly translated and edited by Albert C. Outler

  • It is not that so-called fig tree of India which has leaves several feet in length.

    Exposition of Genesis: Volume 1

  • The limb collapses the thicket of tomatoes, snaps the young fig tree in two at the soil line, pulverizes a majority of the collard greens, buries the callaloo, and splinters the roof of the high-rise chicken coop.


  • This "Fruit" is like the Indian "Golden Egg", the transcendental and unconscious "Fullness of Being" out of which all things develop; it is the seed of the fig tree of the Gnostic Docetæ; it is the Búdos of the Valentinians.

    The Catholic Encyclopedia, Volume 10: Mass Music-Newman


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