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Definition: Cochineal fig
(f[i^]g), 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.
2. The fruit of a fig tree, which is of round or oblong
shape, and of various colors.
Note: 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
3. A small piece of tobacco. [U.S.]
4. The value of a fig, practically nothing; a fico; -- used
in scorn or contempt. “A fig for Peter.”
. See Conchineal fig
, a preparation of fine oatmeal for feeding caged
, 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).
(Zo["o]l.), a small fly said to be injurious to
, 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.
(Bot.), the name of several plants of the
, some of which are prized for the
brilliancy and beauty of their flowers.
(Bot.), any tree of the genus Ficus
especially F. Carica
which produces the fig of commerce.
Cochineal fig \Coch"i*neal fig\
A plant of Central and Southern America, of the Cactus
family, extensively cultivated for the sake of the cochineal
insect, which lives on it.