• WordNet 3.6
    • n Ficus large genus of tropical trees or shrubs or climbers including fig trees
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Ficus A genus of trees or shrubs, one species of which (F. Carica) produces the figs of commerce; the fig tree.Ficus Indica is the banyan tree; F. religiosa, the peepul tree; F. elastica, the India-rubber tree.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ficus In botany, a very large genus of tropical and subtropical trees or shrubs, of the urticaceous tribe Artocarpeæ, characterized by bearing their minute unisexual flowers within a nearly closed globose or pear-shaped receptacle. The genus is remarkable for the peculiar arrangement by which cross-fertilization is effected through the agency of insects. There are always three forms of flowers, the staminate, the pistillate, and a third, the gall-flower, which resembles the pistillate but is incapable of fertilization, and is usually occupied by the pupa of a species of Blastophaga or other hymenopterous insect. In a large group of species the three forms are found within the same receptacle; but in much the larger number, as in the common fig, the female flowers are in one receptacle and the male and gall flowers together in another. The perfect insect is formed synchronously with the maturity of the pollen of the male flowers, through which it makes its way and escapes by a perforation made at the apex of the receptacle. In what way it conveys the pollen to the pistillate flowers in the closed female receptacle is not understood, but it is believed that it is done, and that by this means only the female flowers are fertilized. Generally the barren and fertile receptacles are upon the same tree and are similar in appearance, but in the common fig they are upon separate trees, and differ so much in form that the sterile, known as the wild fig or caprifig, has been considered by many botanists as a species distinct from the other. There are about 600 species, the greater number belonging to the islands of the Indian and Pacific oceans, though there are many in tropical America. Three or four species are found in Florida. The genus includes the common fig (F. Carica), the banian (F. Bengalensis), the india-rubber tree (F. elastica), etc. The wood is generally soft and valueless. See fig, and cut under banian.
    • n ficus In zoology, an old genus of mollusks: same as Pyrula.
    • n ficus In surgery, a fleshy excrescence, often soft and reddish, sometimes hard, hanging by a peduncle or formed like a fig. It occurs on the eyelids, chin, tongue, anus, or reproductive organs. Also called fig-wart.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., a fig


In literature:

Forlong assures us that the oak was even more worshipped at the West than was the sacred Ficus at the East.
"The God-Idea of the Ancients" by Eliza Burt Gamble
He could not dream for one instant of climbing the ficus, which the thief would have quickly abandoned for another.
"Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon" by Jules Verne
Ficus platypoda, A. Cunn.
"Australia Twice Traversed, The Romance of Exploration" by Ernest Giles
The Ficus Platypoda was also found here, loaded with ripe fruit.
"Explorations in Australia" by John Forrest
A tree, ficus religiosa.
"Folklore of the Santal Parganas" by Cecil Henry Bompas
BO-TREE, a species of Ficus, sacred to the Buddhists as the tree under which Buddha sat when the light of life first dawned on him.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
Fruits similar to those of O. Ficus-indica.
"Cactus Culture For Amateurs" by W. Watson
Ficus obliquissima is found at 300 feet, and Ficus altera species as high as 700 feet.
"Journals of Travels in Assam, Burma, Bhootan, Afghanistan and TheNeighbouring Countries" by William Griffith
Adjectives in -dicus, -ficus, and -volus form the Comparative and Superlative as though from forms in -dicens, -ficens, -volens.
"New Latin Grammar" by Charles E. Bennett
Of the family of Urticeae many species of Ficus were observed.
"Journals Of Two Expeditions Of Discovery In North-West And Western Australia, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by George Grey

In news:

This bonsai arrangement is a ficus.
A random but interesting fact, or what's up with the numbers on City Hall's ficus trees courtesy of Tom LaBonge.
If you're wondering why ficus trees on City Hall's south park plaza have white spray painted numbers on them, blame basketball.
ALIEN fig wasps invading south Florida have perked up the sex life of the Ficus tree.
In any landscape, the Moreton Bay fig ( Ficus macrophylla ) would be hard to miss.
Tedial will make the European debut of several products, including a new Tarsys MAM GUI, the new Ficus Web Client and a newly enhanced Capture application, at IBC2012.
San Marino plans to replace the decades-old ficus trees, which business owners blame for damaging sidewalks, with less-troublesome Chinese pistache.
About a dozen homes in Noe Valley lost power and Muni service was interrupted Sunday after a tree branch fell off a large ficus tree at Elizabeth and Church.
One of two beloved ficus trees cut down during $3 million Top of the Cove remodel.
The base of a ficus tree at the Top of the Cove restaurant on Prospect Street, in a photo taken last week before it was felled with a chainsaw Monday afternoon.
San Marino 's Huntington Drive is in for a dramatic face-lift next year under a city plan to cut down 35 decades-old ficus trees that business owners blame for damaging sidewalks and buildings, leaving messy droppings and obscuring signs.
JUST a short car ride from the fierce ficus hedges, the aproned housemaids and the hand-buffed Bentleys of Palm Beach is a place that might as well be galaxies away.
Martin Bauer North America launches its OpunDia line of extracts of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica) for use in foods and beverages to support healthy glucose levels.
Ficus trees are the No.
Native to Uganda, the mutuba is a ficus tree known not for its figs but rather for its bark, which can be pounded into a beautiful cloth without the environmentally hazardous process of chemical treatment UNT Art Gallery's e.