• Fig. A.—Tongue of Butterfly
    Fig. A.—Tongue of Butterfly
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n fig a diagram or picture illustrating textual material "the area covered can be seen from Figure 2"
    • n fig fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried
    • n FIG a Libyan terrorist group organized in 1995 and aligned with al-Qaeda; seeks to radicalize the Libyan government; attempted to assassinate Qaddafi
    • n fig Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There are no blossoms on the branches of a fig tree, instead it is inside the fruit
    • Fig (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.
    • Fig A small piece of tobacco.
    • n Fig Figure; dress; array. "Were they all in full fig , the females with feathers on their heads, the males with chapeaux bras?"
    • Fig The fruit of a fig tree, which is of round or oblong shape, and of various colors.
    • Fig The value of a fig, practically nothing; a fico; -- used in scorn or contempt. "A fig for Peter."
    • Fig To insult with a fico, or contemptuous motion. See Fico. "When Pistol lies, do this, and fig me like
      The bragging Spaniard."
    • Fig To put into the head of, as something useless or contemptible.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Half of a cup of figs will give you just as much calcium as half a cup of milk
    • fig To move suddenly or quickly; rove about.
    • n fig The common name for species of the genus Ficus, and for their fruit. The common fig, F. Carica, is a native of the Mediterranean region; it has been cultivated from a very remote date, and is now found in most warm temperate countries. It is a small tree, with large, rough, deciduous leaves, and a pyriform fruit, which varies much in size, color, and flavor, and of which two crops are usually borne each season. This fruit consists of a hollow, fleshy receptacle filled with a multitude of minute nutlets or so-called seeds, the ripened ovaries of the pistillate flowers which covered the interior. When green the fig has a milky, acrid juice, which becomes sweet and mucilaginous at maturity. The Turkey or Smyrna figs of commerce, which are the most esteemed, are large and pulpy. A superior quality of these are known as eleme figs (Turkish ellémé, hand-picked). What are called Greek figs are small and dry. The number of cultivated varieties is large. Figs are used in medicine as a mild laxative. The wild fig, or caprifig, is the staminate and sterile form of the same species. Of other species, F. Sycamorus, Pharaoh's fig, or the sycamore fig, is a large tree of Egypt, the fruit of which is eaten by the Arabs. Its light, durable wood was used by the Egyptians as the material for their mummy-cases. F. religiosa, the sacred fig of India, is also known as the pippul - or bo-tree (which see). F. pedunculata is the wild or red fig of southern Florida and the West Indies, a tree sometimes 40 feet high, and spreading by aërial roots, with a very small, globose fruit. The black fig of Jamaica is F. laurifolia and F. crassinervia. In Australia, F. macrophylla is known as the Moreton Bay fig, a noble tree with a broadly buttressed trunk. F. rubiginosa, the Port Jackson fig, is a tree with rooting branches, similar to the banian.
    • n fig A name given to various plants having a fruit somewhat resembling the fig.
    • n fig A florideous alga, Callithamnion floridulum.
    • n fig The fig-tree.
    • n fig A raisin.
    • n fig In farriery, an excrescence on the frog of a horse's foot following a bruise.
    • n fig A contemptuous gesture, pretended to be of Spanish origin, which consisted in thrusting out the thumb between the first and second fingers. Also called fig of Spain and fico.
    • n fig As a colloquial standard of value or consideration, the merest trifle; the least bit: as, your opinion is not worth a fig; I don't care a fig for it.
    • fig To insult with ficos, or contemptuous motions of the fingers. See fig, n., 7, and fico.
    • fig To put into the head of, as something worthless or useless.
    • n fig Dress; equipment: used chiefly in the phrase in full fig, in full or official dress.
    • n fig Hence Condition; state of preparation or readiness: as, the horse is in good fig for the race.
    • fig To dress or deck: as, to fig one out.
    • fig To trick or hocus, as a horse, so as to make the animal appear lively or spirited, as by putting a piece of ginger into the anus.
    • fig A common abbreviation of figure.
    • n fig In soap-making, same as figging.
    • n fig An abbreviation of figurative or of figuratively.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Wine grapes, oranges, figs and olives were first planted in North America by Father Junipero Sera in 1769.
    • n Fig fig the fig-tree (Ficus), or its fruit, growing in warm climates: a thing of little consequence
    • v.t Fig (Shak.) to insult by a contemptuous motion of the fingers
    • n Fig fig (coll.) figure: dress
    • v.t Fig to dress, get up
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  • Florence King
    “Chinks in America's egalitarian armor are not hard to find. Democracy is the fig leaf of elitism.”
  • Mark Twain
    “The man who is ostentatious of his modesty is twin to the statue that wears a fig-leaf.”
  • Max Fuller
    Max Fuller
    “Men in earnest have no time to waste in patching fig leaves for the naked truth.”


Not give a fig - If you don't give a fig about something, you don't care about it at all, especially used to express how little one cares about another's opinions or actions.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. figue, the fruit of the tree, Pr. figa, fr. L. ficus, fig tree, fig. Cf. Fico


In literature:

Then lay the twine in the form of a loop along the rope and over the turns already taken, as in Fig.
"Knots, Bends, Splices" by J. Netherclift Jutsum
Bulliard figures this phase well on Plate 424, Fig.
"The North American Slime-Moulds" by Thomas H. (Thomas Huston) MacBride
The paper will then resemble Fig.
"What Shall We Do Now?: Five Hundred Games and Pastimes" by Dorothy Canfield Fisher
Then, after first oiling the pivot so that the wheel may run easily, you must hold the tool as shown in fig.
"Stained Glass Work" by C. W. Whall
For instance, in Fig.
"Modern Painters, Volume IV (of V)" by John Ruskin
The effects of the application of a scientifically balanced fertilizer ration upon asparagus is clearly illustrated in Fig.
"Asparagus, its culture for home use and for market:" by F. M. Hexamer
To provide for this, double stands are made which have a double tier of racks for full size cases, as shown in Fig.
"Type Cases and Composing-room furniture" by A. A. Stewart
This is shown in curve M, fig.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 5" by Various
A partial series is shown in the upper line, Fig 361.
"Ancient Pottery of the Mississippi Valley" by William H. Holmes
The diagram shown herewith, Fig.
"Home Pork Making" by A. W. Fulton

In poetry:

An' hoasts o' other sooarts o' stuff
To sell to sich as came,
As figs, an' raisens, salt an' spice,
Too numerous to name.
"Th' Traitle Sop" by John Hartley
The wee bit son o' man Zacchay
To see the Maister seekit;
He speilt a fig-tree, bauld an' shy,
An' sae his shortness ekit.
"Godly Ballants" by George MacDonald
Fragrant the vines that mantle those hills,
Proudly the fig rejoices;
Merrily dance the virgin rills,
Blending their myriad voices.
"The "Happy Isles" of Horace" by Eugene Field
Fragrant the vines that mantle those hills,
Proudly the fig rejoices,
Merrily dance the virgin rills,
Blending their myriad voices.
"The Happy Isles" by Eugene Field
The fig-tree by its leaves was known,
But having not a fig to show;
It brought a heavy sentence down,
Let none hereafter on thee grow.
"The Blasted Fig-Tree" by John Newton
The scanty grass-blades yonder shake,
A tremulous flurry takes the smoke,
And ancient memories start awake
At pungent scent of fig and oak.
"The Domain" by John Le Gay Brereton

In news:

Obama's tax cut fig leaf.
Cook figs and sugar over medium heat for 2 minutes.
Muzychko has been growing and selling fig trees and figs since 2001 and he will present a slide show demonstrating his unique growing method for fig trees which usually grow in subtropical climates.
He is the owner and manager of "Bill's Figs ", which is his business in Flemington, N.J.
Remove stems from figs and cut each fig lengthwise into quarters.
24 - 2 x 2 wonton wrappers 6 ounces of brie, cut into 24 pieces 4 ounces fig paste, cut into 24 small pieces honey & chopped pecans for garnish.
Holiday Spirit Alive and Well in Old Fig .
Use additional raspberries when figs are not in season.
4 figs , cut into eighths, or additional 1/2 pint raspberries.
Gently press in the raspberries and figs .
With our warm weather and strawberries and figs in our markets and prices beginning to drop, I felt this was the perfect time to experiment with that strawberry and fig tart from the past.
Fortress Investment Group Raised to Outperform From Perform by Oppenheimer > FIG .
Fresh figs , cut into 1/2 -in.
Meanwhile, mix figs , sugar, vinegar, honey, rosemary and salt in a medium bowl and let macerate at least 15 minutes and up to overnight while your crust chills.
Treatment How-to: Cranberry Fig Body Polish.

In science:

The redshift distribution of the identified QSOs is shown in Fig. 4, and the coordinate positions are shown in Fig. 5.
QSOs and Absorption Line Systems Surrounding the Hubble Deep Field
Both in Fig. 3 and Fig. 4, the average spectral density ρ(0) depends on n because of the normalization of our weight function.
Spectral Universality of Real Chiral Random Matrix Ensembles
Fig. 5 ρ (solid curve) and τ = dθ dE =LHS of Eq. 3 (dotted curve) versus kL for the scattering problem described in Fig. 4.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
Fig. 6 ρ (solid curve) and τ = dθ dE =LHS of Eq. 3 (dotted curve) versus kL for the scattering problem described in Fig. 4.
Violation of general Friedel sum rule in mesoscopic systems
For comparison, we also plot in Fig. 3 the dependence of the Lyapunov exponent on the standard deviation σ of the layer randomness at the frequencies indicated in Fig. 2 of .
Comment on ``Statistics of the Lyapunov Exponent in 1D random periodic-on-Average Systems" [Phys. Rev. Lett. {\bf 81}, 5390, 1998]