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

Examples of strangler fig in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The duo envisioned building a treehouse between an oak and a strangler fig tree in the front yard. Kyle Melnick, Washington Post, 14 Sep. 2023 For something more strenuous, Mo’orea’s Mount Tohivea offers a challenging hike shaded by a canopy of buttress trees and strangler figs. Julia Zaltzman, Robb Report, 7 Aug. 2023 Advertisement Banyan trees, which give the house its name, are also called strangler figs. Rhoda Feng, Washington Post, 4 July 2023 The climb is steep and my pace is slow, but Peter and Alais, a ranger who accompanies us, talk about Maasai life and point out pretty but poisonous berries, shy blue monkeys, and the strangler fig trees that the Maasai revere. Saumya Ancheri, Condé Nast Traveler, 4 Apr. 2022 Others, such as the strangler fig, are innately parasitic. Rebecca Giggs, The Atlantic, 17 June 2021 But the area is also home to towering strangler fig trees whose hollow trunks, composed of roots and limbs, are perfect for an utterly unique climbing experience. Outside Online, 23 Sep. 2019 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, 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, 13 Nov. 2016 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of strangler fig was in 1933

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“Strangler fig.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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