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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Ficus Lyrata from PlantShed A dependable partner deserves a dependable gift, and the classic ficus fits the bill. Marley Marius, Vogue, "8 Botanical Valentine’s Day Gifts That Aren’t Bouquets," 17 Jan. 2019 The council also approved continuing a ficus tree pilot plan, and developing a downtown urban forest plan for Highway 101 at Second and Third streets. Laura Groch,, "How they voted, March 25," 25 Mar. 2018 But Paola and Murray stay on, sitting under the shade of four enormous ficus trees, watching the locals and tourists mix noisily in the main piazza. Kyre Chenven, Condé Nast Traveler, "For Sardinia’s Wild Side, Head to Sulcis," 12 Oct. 2018 Outside, a custom block wall by Modern Environments as well as 75 ficus trees. Arizona Republic, azcentral, "Coolest homes: 10 unique modern homes featured on azcentral," 21 June 2018 In Carter’s photos, plants (including fiddle leaf ficus, monstera and pilea) spill from walls, crowd hallways, cluster around furniture. Cindy Dampier,, "#PlantShelfie: Houseplants are having a social media moment," 1 May 2018 The adjacent conservatory is embellished with live ficus vines. Joan Walden,, "Property of the Week: 1093 Prospect Avenue, West Hartford," 5 Jan. 2018 Trout hit a long homer over the ficus trees in center field in the third inning, snapping an 0-for-15 skid on Los Angeles' homestand. Greg Beacham, Houston Chronicle, "Angels' Shohei Ohtani flirts with perfect game in home debut," 9 Apr. 2018 Councilwoman Tasha Boerner Horvath said that people need to understand that these ficus trees are aging trees and the city should start addressing what's going to replace them. Barbara Henry,, "Encinitas must decide if ficus trees are worth the cost," 27 Mar. 2018

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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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