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n. pl. ficus also fi·cus·es
Any of numerous tropical or subtropical trees, shrubs, or vines of the genus Ficus, especially F. benjamina, commonly grown as a houseplant.

[Latin fīcus, fig.]


(Plants) any plant of the genus Ficus, which includes the edible fig and several greenhouse and house plants. See rubber plant, weeping ivy



1. any tree or shrub of the genus Ficus, of the mulberry family, bearing syconia as its fruit.
2. the turbinate or pear-shaped fruit of such a tree or shrub.
3. a contemptibly trifling amount; the least bit: Their help wasn't worth a fig.
4. a gesture of contempt.
[1175–1225; Middle English fige < Old French < Old Provençal figa « Latin fīcus]



1. dress or array: to appear at a party in full fig.
2. condition: to feel in fine fig.
[1685–95; earlier feague to liven, whip up < German fegen to furbish, sweep, clean; akin to fair1]


1. figurative.
2. figuratively.
3. figure.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ficus - large genus of tropical trees or shrubs or climbers including fig treesFicus - large genus of tropical trees or shrubs or climbers including fig trees
dicot genus, magnoliopsid genus - genus of flowering plants having two cotyledons (embryonic leaves) in the seed which usually appear at germination
family Moraceae, Moraceae, mulberry family - trees or shrubs having a milky juice; in some classifications includes genus Cannabis
fig tree - any moraceous tree of the tropical genus Ficus; produces a closed pear-shaped receptacle that becomes fleshy and edible when mature
Ficus aurea, Florida strangler fig, golden fig, strangler fig, wild fig - a strangler tree native to southern Florida and West Indies; begins as an epiphyte eventually developing many thick aerial roots and covering enormous areas
Ficus sycomorus, mulberry fig, sycamore fig, sycamore - thick-branched wide-spreading tree of Africa and adjacent southwestern Asia often buttressed with branches rising from near the ground; produces cluster of edible but inferior figs on short leafless twigs; the biblical sycamore
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Sol," he said softly, partly hidden by a ficus tree in the Jerusalem Plaza hotel.