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1. A stylized representation of the leaf of a fig, used especially to conceal genitals depicted in works of art.
2. Something that serves as a usually insufficient concealment or camouflage: "Many fallen executives are still allowed the fig leaf of 'resignation'" (David Pauly).
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
1. (Bible) a leaf from a fig tree
2. (Art Terms) a representation of a leaf, usually a vine leaf rather than an actual fig leaf, used in painting or sculpture to cover the genitals of nude figures
3. a device intended to conceal something regarded as shameful or indecent
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
1. the leaf of a fig tree.
2. a representation of a fig leaf, esp. a cover for the genitalia on a statue or in a painting.
3. something intended to conceal what may be considered improper.
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|Noun||1.||fig leaf - a leaf from a fig tree|
|2.||fig leaf - a covering consisting of anything intended to conceal something regarded as shameful|
covering - an artifact that covers something else (usually to protect or shelter or conceal it)
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n (lit, fig) → Feigenblatt nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
fig leafn → foglia di fico
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