fi·​cus | \ ˈfī-kəs How to pronounce ficus (audio) \
plural ficus or ficuses

Definition of ficus

: any of a genus (Ficus) of chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and woody vines of the mulberry family that have deciduous or evergreen leaves, often begin life as epiphytes, and include some (such as F. benjamina) grown as houseplants and others (such as F. carica) cultivated for their oblong or pear-shaped edible syconium fruit : fig entry 1 sense 1b — compare banyan, rubber plant, strangler fig, weeping fig

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Recent Examples on the Web Greenery is abundant even in colder months, with a wall-length interior garden that has ficus and other plants. Anthony Paletta, WSJ, "A Chicago-Area Mansion Inspired by George Keck’s House of Tomorrow Lists Today for $2.9 Million," 14 Oct. 2020 Tall, graceful, and deep green, this artificial ficus tree is offered in various sizes depending upon the needs of your space from 36 inches up to an impressive 96 inches high. Popular Science, "Home and office products that make sure-fire gifts," 7 Oct. 2020 Instead, ficus benji wintergreens will be planted below the granite floor and will be expected to grow 24 feet tall, 10 feet higher than the current garden box trees. Dee Depass, Star Tribune, "IDS Center's Crystal Court to get $5 million makeover," 6 Oct. 2020 Tall, graceful, and deep green, this artificial ficus tree is offered in various sizes depending upon the needs of your space from 36 inches up to an impressive 96 inches high. Popsci Commerce Team, Popular Science, "The best faux plants to bring a little green to your home or office," 5 Oct. 2020 Yet the ficus went out of his way one day to fling himself sideways during a fall to avoid landing on his owner, saving her life. Washington Post, "Why do so many people love horses? ‘Because horses.’," 18 Sep. 2020 This can be accomplished by installing low-cost elements like curtains, sunshades and a faux ficus hedge. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "Refresh your patio or balcony on a budget with 7 DIY ideas that are perfect for Phoenix," 12 June 2020 Among our plant menagerie are a 40-year-old cactus and a 27-year-old ficus tree. oregonlive, "Indoor plants take on new significance for gardeners hunkered down at home," 27 Mar. 2020 Cactuses and plants with pointy leaves haven’t proven to be as relaxing as leafier plants, such as ficuses. Megan Buerger, Washington Post, "Stressed out? Here are 10 science-backed design tips for bringing serenity to your home.," 28 Aug. 2019

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First Known Use of ficus

1693, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ficus

New Latin, from Latin, fig

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“Ficus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Oct. 2020.

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