Fig (?), 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.


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

⇒ 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.


A small piece of tobacco.



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 Zool., 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.


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


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


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


To put into the head of, as something useless o contemptible.




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Fig, n.

Figure; dress; array.


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


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