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▪ In other words it is Picasso without a fig leaf.
▪ But this fig leaf fooled no one.
▪ But there is more fig leaf than fact in this rationalization.
▪ Within a few days of its unveiling Achilles was modestly kitted out with a fig leaf.
▪ The fig leaf, however, helped little.
▪ What is the white fungus on the roots of the indoor fig tree, surely it is my fault?
▪ He did it now, dragged his chair out under the leafy fig tree, beyond the glow of the porch light.
▪ They had reached a flame-red Alfa Romeo convertible, parked in the leafy shade of a fig tree.
▪ I returned to my men and told them to unload under some fig trees on the steep river bank.
▪ The lovely south-facing Victorian conservatory with its wisteria and fig tree is ideal for quiet relaxation.
▪ The fig tree embeds its multitudes of seeds in globes of sweet pulp.
▪ A rush-seated wooden chair stood by the well, in the shade of a fig tree.
▪ The people there don't give a fig.
▪ The fellow said he didn't give a fig about life so why should he fear death?
▪ Eline didn't give a fig for Joe's comfort or his state of mind.
▪ Now she didn't give a fig, a house was just a building.
▪ The structure of the trie is shown diagrammatically in fig 4.4.
▪ Mean changes at 16 weeks in individual components of the Leicester score relative to placebo are shown in fig 2.
▪ The application of bigram information to the lattice is shown in fig 4.3.
▪ A typical result of this reduction process is shown in fig 1.2iv.
▪ The first example shown in fig 1 is the intro from the track Voodoo Kiss.
▪ You can then improvise some solos using ideas from the scales and arpeggios shown in figs 3-5.
▪ The wah-wah riff to the next track we looked at, Dragonfly, is shown in fig 6.
▪ Part of the grammar used is shown in fig 2.2.
▪ Her mouth was pursed like a little fig, and her face had momentarily registered some expression as she looked at me.
▪ The fellow said he didn't give a fig about life so why should he fear death?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Fig \Fig\ (f[i^]g), n. [F. figue the fruit of the tree, Pr. figa, fr. L. ficus fig tree, fig. Cf. Fico.]

  1. (Bot.) A small fruit tree ( Ficus Carica) with large leaves, known from the remotest antiquity. It was probably native from Syria westward to the Canary Islands.

  2. The fruit of a fig tree, which is of round or oblong shape, and of various colors.

    Note: The fruit of a fig tree is really the hollow end of a stem, and bears numerous achenia inside the cavity. Many species have little, hard, inedible figs, and in only a few does the fruit become soft and pulpy. The fruit of the cultivated varieties is much prized in its fresh state, and also when dried or preserved. See Caprification.

  3. A small piece of tobacco. [U.S.]

  4. The value of a fig, practically nothing; a fico; -- used in scorn or contempt. ``A fig for Peter.''

    Cochineal fig. See Conchineal fig.

    Fig dust, a preparation of fine oatmeal for feeding caged birds.

    Fig faun, one of a class of rural deities or monsters supposed to live on figs. ``Therefore shall dragons dwell there with the fig fauns.''
    --Jer. i. 39. (Douay version).

    Fig gnat (Zo["o]l.), a small fly said to be injurious to figs.

    Fig leaf, the leaf tree; hence, in allusion to the first clothing of Adam and Eve (Genesis iii.7), a covering for a thing that ought to be concealed; esp., an inadequate covering; a symbol for affected modesty.

    Fig marigold (Bot.), the name of several plants of the genus Mesembryanthemum, some of which are prized for the brilliancy and beauty of their flowers.

    Fig tree (Bot.), any tree of the genus Ficus, but especially F. Carica which produces the fig of commerce.


Fig \Fig\, n. Figure; dress; array. [Colloq.]

Were they all in full fig, the females with feathers on their heads, the males with chapeaux bras?
--Prof. Wilson.


Fig \Fig\, v. t. [See Fico, Fig, n.]

  1. To insult with a fico, or contemptuous motion. See Fico.

    When Pistol lies, do this, and fig me like The bragging Spaniard.

  2. To put into the head of, as something useless o? contemptible. [Obs.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"dress, equipment," 1823, in phrase in full fig; hence "condition, state of preparedness" (1883). Said to be an abbreviation of figure (n.), perhaps from the abbreviation of that word in plate illustrations in books, etc. According to others, from the fig leaves of Adam and Eve. Related: Figgery.


early 13c., from Old French figue "fig" (12c.), from Old Provençal figa, from Vulgar Latin *fica, corresponding to Latin ficus "fig tree, fig," which, with Greek sykon, Armenian t'uz is "prob. fr. a common Mediterranean source" [Buck], possibly a Semitic one (compare Phoenician pagh "half-ripe fig"). A reborrowing of a word that had been taken directly from Latin as Old English fic "fig, fig-tree."\n

\nThe insulting sense of the word in Shakespeare, etc. (A fig for ...) is 1570s (in 17c. sometimes in Italian form fico), in part from fig as "small, valueless thing," but also from Greek and Italian use of their versions of the word as slang for "vulva," apparently because of how a ripe fig looks when split open [Rawson, Weekley]. Giving the fig (Old French faire la figue, Spanish dar la higa) was an indecent gesture of ancient provenance, made by putting the thumb between two fingers or into the mouth, with the intended effect of the modern gesture of "flipping the bird" (see bird (n.3)). Also compare sycophant.\n

\nUse of fig leaf in figurative sense of "flimsy disguise" (1550s) is from Gen. iii:7. Fig-faun translates Latin faunus ficarius (Jer. l:39).


Etymology 1 n. 1 A fruit-bearing tree or shrub of the genus ''Ficus'' that is native mainly to the tropics. 2 The fruit of the fig tree, pear-shaped and containing many small seeds. 3 A small piece of tobacco. 4 The value of a fig, practically nothing; a fico; a whit. vb. 1 (context obsolete English) To insult with a fico, or contemptuous motion. 2 (context obsolete English) To put into the head of, as something useless or contemptible. Etymology 2

vb. (context intransitive English) To move suddenly or quickly; rove about. Etymology 3

alt. {{non-gloss definition|Abbreviation of (term: figure) (gloss: diagram or illustration).}} n. {{non-gloss definition|Abbreviation of (term: figure) (gloss: diagram or illustration).}}

  1. n. a diagram or picture illustrating textual material; "the area covered can be seen from Figure 2" [syn: figure]

  2. Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit [syn: common fig, common fig tree, Ficus carica]

  3. a Libyan terrorist group organized in 1995 and aligned with al-Qaeda; seeks to radicalize the Libyan government; attempted to assassinate Qaddafi [syn: Libyan Islamic Fighting Group, Al-Jama'a al-Islamiyyah al-Muqatilah bi-Libya, Libyan Fighting Group, Libyan Islamic Group]

  4. fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried

  5. [also: figging, figged]


Fig, Fig., FIG, or figs may refer to:

  • Ficus, a genus of about 850 species of woody trees
  • Common fig (Ficus carica), the species of Ficus widely cultivated for its edible fruit
Fig (company)

Fig is a crowdfunding platform for video games. The crowdfunding platform was founded by Justin Bailey (formerly, COO of Double Fine Productions), Bob Ippolito, and Freeman White. The advisory board is composed of executives from across the video game industry with previous experience in crowdfunding and investing in video game projects: Aaron Isaksen of the Indie Fund, Brian Fargo of inXile Entertainment, Feargus Urquhart of Obsidian Entertainment, and Tim Schafer of Double Fine Productions. The platform is backed by funding from Spark Capital. Both Alex Rigopulos, from Harmonix, and Cliff Bleszinski, formerly of Epic Games and currently of Boss Key Productions, have since joined the advisory board of Fig.

Usage examples of "fig".

In the earliest stage of congestion, acne is characterized by minute hardened elevations of the skin, as shown in Plate II, Fig.

Europe by the Crusaders and its figs and pistachios which the Romans transplanted around the Mediterranean as a far-flung gift from the Damascenes, worshipper once of Adad the storm-god and later a flourishing center of Christianity and Islam, holy to Christians because of the conversion of St.

Catarrh Remedy administered preferably by means of the post-nasal syringe as illustrated in Fig.

Iodine inhalations, administered with the pocket inhaler, illustrated by Fig.

Inhalations of chloride of ammonia, administered with a steam-atomizer, Fig.

When eaten raw, dried Figs prove somewhat aperient, and they are apt to make the mouth sore whilst masticating them.

If to--day it flaunted its tower, its summer-houses, its outbuildings, in tints that the French so well call criard, one might be sure that tomorrow the dark Murray pines, the broad-leafed Moreton Bay fig tree, the inevitable Pinus insignis that dotted the lawn in front of the house, would interpose their rich sombre green between your vision and the brightness of colouring that offended it.

Producers of the fruit abroad bearing the said fact in view tie some of the wild fruit when tenanted by the Culex fly to the young cultivated figs.

The cystic and mucous varieties may spring from any portion of the mucous surface of the uterus, but they are more frequently met with growing from the mucous membrane lining the cervical canal, and pendent from the mouth of the womb, as represented in Fig.

On examination, we found a large multilocular cystic tumor, represented by Fig.

Lancashire fig pies made of dried figs with sugar and treacle are eaten beforehand in Lent.

On examination, we found an inter-mural fibroid tumor, represented in Figs.

Thither the extremely large wains bring foison of the fields, flaskets of cauliflowers, floats of spinach, pineapple chunks, Rangoon beans, strikes of tomatoes, drums of figs, drills of Swedes, spherical potatoes and tallies of iridescent kale, York and Savoy, and trays of onions, pearls of the earth, and punnets of mushrooms and custard marrows and fat vetches and bere and rape and red green yellow brown russet sweet big bitter ripe pomellated apples and chips of strawberries and sieves of gooseberries, pulpy and pelurious, and strawberries fit for princes and raspberries from their canes.

This term designates another unnatural position of the uterus, in which the fundus, or upper part of the organ, falls forward, as illustrated by Fig.

Gandang sat under the hate branches of the wild fig tree on his carved stool of chief ship and Juba hurried to kneel before him.