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Definition of fig

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : an oblong or pear-shaped syconium fruit of a tree (genus Ficus) of the mulberry family
b : a tree bearing figs : a ficus tree especially : a widely cultivated tree (F. carica) that produces edible figs — see also strangler fig, weeping fig — compare banyan, peepul, rubber plant
2 : a worthless trifle : the least bit doesn't care a fig

Definition of fig (Entry 2 of 3)

: dress, array a young woman in dazzling royal full fig— Mollie Panter-Downes

Definition of fig (Entry 3 of 3)

figurative; figuratively; figure

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First Known Use of fig

Noun (1)

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun (2)

1835, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for fig

Noun (1)

Middle English fige, from Anglo-French, from Old Occitan figa, from Vulgar Latin *fica, from Latin ficus fig tree, fig

Noun (2)

fig, verb, to adorn

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The first known use of fig was in the 13th century

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“Fig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fig. Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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Kids Definition of fig

: a sweet fruit that is oblong or shaped like a pear and is often eaten dried


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Medical Definition of fig

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : an oblong or pear-shaped fruit that is a syconium especially : the edible fruit of a widely cultivated tree (Ficus carica) that has laxative qualities
2 : any of a genus (Ficus) of trees of the mulberry family that produce figs

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