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  • adj. Used in the names of various plants the leaves of which resemble those of the fig.

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Examples

  • A husband is a charming cloke, a fig-leaved apron for a wife: and for a lady to be protected in liberties, in diversions, which her heart pants after — and all her faults, even the most criminal, were she to be detected, to be thrown upon the husband, and the ridicule too; a charming privilege for a wife!

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • The fig-leaved savage under his bread-fruit tree, the fur-clad Eskimo in his ice-hut, need not be asked: the needed food is in all due supply with little cost of muscle and less of mind -- and he has no mental condition that can disturb the digestion.

    The No Breakfast Plan and the Fasting-Cure

  • He could have gone in fig-leaved like Eve, or fig-leafless like September Morn, it being remembered that as between these two, as popularly depicted, Morn wears even less than Eve.

    Europe Revised

  • At the door of the Uffizzi, in Florence, one is confronted by statues of a man and a woman, noseless, battered, black with accumulated grime, -- they hardly suggest human beings -- yet these ridiculous creatures have been thoughtfully and conscientiously fig-leaved by this fastidious generation.

    A Tramp Abroad

  • These works, which had stood in innocent nakedness for ages, are all fig-leaved now.

    A Tramp Abroad

  • From the day when two hairy-naked or fig-leaved Human Figures began, as uncomfortable dummies, anxious no longer to be dumb, but to impart themselves to one another; and endeavoured, with gaspings, gesturings, with unsyllabled cries, with painful pantomime and interjections, in a very unsuccessful manner, -- up to the writing of this present copyright

    Past and Present Thomas Carlyle's Collected Works, Vol. XIII.

  • A husband is a charming cloke, a fig-leaved apron for a wife: and for a lady to be protected in liberties, in diversions, which her heart pants after -- and all her faults, even the most criminal, were she to be detected, to be thrown upon the husband, and the ridicule too; a charming privilege for a wife!

    Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady — Volume 7

  • -- yet these ridiculous creatures have been thoughtfully and conscientiously fig-leaved by this fastidious generation.

    A Tramp Abroad — Volume 07

  • "At the door of the Ufizzi, in Florence, one is confronted by statues of a man and a woman, noseless, battered, black with accumulated grime -- they hardly suggest human beings -- yet these ridiculous creatures have been thoughtfully and conscientiously fig-leaved by this fastidious generation.

    1601

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