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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1933

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