weeping fig


: an ornamental fig (Ficus benjamina) of southern Asia and Australia that is widely cultivated especially as a houseplant for its glossy ovate leaves and drooping branches

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web A lot of popular houseplants including the weeping fig tree (Ficus benjamina) and the ZZ plant (Zamioculcas zamiifolia) are toxic to pets. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 The longtime darling of interior designers, weeping fig produces tons of shiny green, teardrop-shape leaves on slender branches. Savanna Bous, Better Homes & Gardens, 17 Jan. 2023 This propagation method works on many tropical plants often grown indoors, including weeping fig, rubber plant, hibiscus, schefflera, dracaena, dieffenbachia, pothos, and crotons. Lynn Coulter, Better Homes & Gardens, 13 June 2022 Standing sentry outside the doors to the thick stone walled Great Room — said to be the former sugar boiling room — is a majestic weeping fig tree that, with its gnarled stature, appears far older than its mere 56 years. Jeanine Barone, Forbes, 26 Apr. 2022 It’s a pet-safe option that makes a great stand in for large house plants like the weeping fig, which is unfortunately toxic to cats and dogs. Nicola Fumo, Forbes, 26 Feb. 2021 With its glossy leaves and light gray trunk, the ficus tree, or weeping fig, is a pretty, graceful plant that’s been popular for decades. Arricca Elin Sansone, House Beautiful, 22 Jan. 2020 Roth’s weeping fig is a classic example: braided trunk, delicately drooping branchlets, and a dense shock of glossy leaves about 2 inches long . Los Angeles Times, 15 Aug. 2019 In an alleyway shaded by a weeping fig tree, Bún Cá Sâm Cây Si is known for delicious nem cá: deep-fried spring rolls filled with wood-ear mushrooms, minced pork, scallion, and tender fish. Peter Jon Lindberg, Condé Nast Traveler, 20 Nov. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1934, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of weeping fig was in 1934

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“Weeping fig.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/weeping%20fig. Accessed 31 Mar. 2023.

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