Definition of ficus
: any of a genus (Ficus) of chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines of the mulberry family that includes some (such as F. benjamina) grown as houseplants and others (such as F. carica) cultivated for their oblong or pear-shaped edible syconium fruit; also : fig 1b — compare strangler fig, weeping fig
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A few of the large ficus trees in the exhibit aren’t new, however.
Beyond this room was a smaller room with a ficus tree and a couch and a wall of glass facing the woods.
Mr. Frelinghuysen’s victories have been so easy, his Democratic opposition so weak, that the filmmaker Michael Moore once ran a ficus tree against him.
Less than a mile from his home, Turney brought his car to an abrupt stop along a broad street median in Alhambra dominated by rows of ficus microcarpa more than 50 feet tall.
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Origin and Etymology of ficus
New Latin, from Latin, fig
First Known Use: 1693See Words from the same year
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