- 1A soft pear-shaped fruit with sweet dark flesh and many small seeds, eaten fresh or dried.More example sentences
- Large, very sweet figs are best used fresh.
- The bread gets crispy in the oven, and the ingredient combo is simple and beautiful: sweet figs, soft mozzarella, fragrant basil and tasty pesto.
- Where available raccoons may also eat peaches, plums, figs, citrus fruits, watermelons, beech nuts, and walnuts.
- 2 (also fig tree) The deciduous Old World tree or shrub which bears figs.
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- Ficus carica, family Moraceae
- I sit between a fig tree, two hazel nut trees and a grape vine.
- The famous Treetops hotel started life in a humble way in 1932, when its first visitors gingerly climbed the wild fig tree supporting the two-room tree house.
- The tender bark of a bare-root fig tree is susceptible to sunscald.
- 2.1Used in names of other plants of the genus Ficus, e.g. strangling fig, weeping fig.More example sentences
- Its dramatic Skywalk reaches above the canopy of palms, strangler figs and thick woody vines to command a breathtaking 40-mile view to the ocean.
- A good example is the Bourbong Street weeping figs, originally planted in the centre of the street in 1888, with additional plantings in the 1920s.
- I was also interested in the way hotels employ people on the condition that they remain invisible, no more likely to engage in dialogue with a paying guest than a weeping fig plant.
not give (or care) a fig
- Not have the slightest concern about: Elaine didn’t give a fig for Joe’s comfort or his state of mindMore example sentences
- Even worse, our largest trading partner doesn't give a fig for international treaties and breaks them with impunity.
- Maybe she knows exactly where she is, but she doesn't give a fig about decorum.
- She cares what the people close to her think, but to put it more politely than she would, she doesn't give a fig what the rest of us think.
Middle English: from Old French figue, from Provençal fig(u)a, based on Latin ficus.
noun(in phrase full fig)
- Smart clothes, especially those appropriate to a particular occasion or profession: a soldier walking up the street in full figMore example sentences
- Togged out full fig - pill-box cap, dress tunic and swagger-stick - he awaited her at the barrack gates in vain.
- Admittedly, there's a minefield of kitsch to cross before you can be certain of conjuring up absolutely no visual resemblance to Widow Twankee, Liberace or Lesley Joseph in full fig - but the time has come to quell those fears.
- I'm not a great fan of stuffed moose and mediaeval knights in full fig, but Kelvingrove's got the lot.
verb (figs, figging, figged)[with object] • archaic Back to top
late 17th century (as a verb): variant of obsolete feague 'liven up' (earlier 'whip'); perhaps related to German fegen 'sweep, thrash'; compare with fake1. An early sense of the verb was 'fill the head with nonsense'; later (early 19th century) 'cause (a horse) to be lively and carry its tail well (by applying ginger to its anus)'; hence 'smarten up'.