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Definition: Fig gnat
(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.