strangler fig

noun

Definition of strangler fig 

: any of several figs (such as Ficus aurea of the southeastern U.S.) that start as epiphytes but send down roots to the ground around the host tree broadly : any of various epiphytic vines or trees (such as Clusia rosea synonym C. major) of similar habit

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The beach stretches away for a mile and a half on either side of me; behind me are a few private houses set among strangler figs and mango trees. Francesca Gavin, Newsweek, "Captiva: The Island That Changed Rauschenberg and 20th Century Art," 13 Nov. 2016 Mango trees come in three colors—white, black and red—and Spanish moss hangs like dirty washing from the branches of the twisted strangler figs. Francesca Gavin, Newsweek, "Captiva: The Island That Changed Rauschenberg and 20th Century Art," 13 Nov. 2016

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1933, in the meaning defined above

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