There are 2 definitions of fig in English:

fig1

Syllabification: fig
Pronunciation: /fiɡ
 
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noun

1A soft pear-shaped fruit with sweet dark flesh and many small seeds, eaten fresh or dried.
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  • 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 figtree) The deciduous Old World tree or shrub that bears the fig.
  • Ficus carica, family Moraceae
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  • 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, or in names of nonrelated plants that bear a fruit similar to a fig.
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  • 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.

Origin

Middle English: from Old French figue, from Provençal fig(u)a, based on Latin ficus.

Phrases

not give (or care) a fig

Not have the slightest concern about: Karla didn’t give a fig for Joe’s comfort or his state of mind
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  • 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.

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Word of the day impudicity
Pronunciation: ˌimpyəˈdisitē
noun
lack of modesty

There are 2 definitions of fig in English:

fig2

Syllabification: fig
informal

noun

(in phrase full fig)
Smart clothes, especially those appropriate to a particular occasion or profession: a soldier walking up the street in full fig
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  • 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  
Dress up (someone) to look smart: he was figged out in the latest modes

Origin

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'.

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