fi·cus | \ˈfī-kəs \
plural ficus or ficuses

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 sense 1b — compare strangler fig, weeping fig

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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 Brian Carr, now 59, remembers his mother tucking the Christmas ficus away in the back bedrooms of their house on N. 13th and W. Concordia Ave. Clara Hatcher, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MLK Vignettes: One African-American family's involvement in Milwaukee's civil rights movement," 23 Mar. 2018 Rubi, the ficus tree originally planted at a tree farm in California in 1969, was lowered by crane through a temporary opening and replanted. Author: Jena Mcgregor, Anchorage Daily News, "Why Amazon built its workers a mini rain forest inside three domes in downtown Seattle," 30 Jan. 2018 Dubbed the Spheres, the huge glass and steel domes contain 40,000 plants including a 55-foot-tall ficus tree. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Data Sheet—Mark Zuckerberg's Clueless Plan for Local News on Facebook," 30 Jan. 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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