Definition of ficus in English:

ficus

Pronunciation /ˈfiːkəs//ˈfʌɪkəs/

noun

  • A tree, shrub, or climber of a large genus that includes the figs and the rubber plant, growing in tropical and warm climates.

    Genus Ficus, family Moraceae

    • ‘The philodendrons, the ficus, and the Swedish ivy in their terra-cotta planters had wilted.’
    • ‘Tropical bonsai, such as serissa, ficus, or bougainvillea can not adapt to freezing temperature and must be protected against frost.’
    • ‘For true plant aficionados, grow a small tree, such as a ficus, on your deck.’
    • ‘At least now my ficus is looking very handsome in his glazed ceramic pot, and with a bit of rearranging all my books are on shelves, somehow.’
    • ‘Once there's new growth, prune to shape the ficus.’
    • ‘I think it's safe for the ficus to be in your bedroom or any room in the house.’
    • ‘And I don't mean a ficus in a pot by someone's swimming pool.’
    • ‘The ficus we grow indoors are members of the fig family and capable of fruiting.’
    • ‘Aloe vera, chrysanthemums, ferns, ficus, philodendron, pothos, and spider plants are considered particularly good air filters, drawing pollutants out of the air and replacing them with fresh oxygen.’
    • ‘Your father can't see us beyond those firs, where the canal slows to a standstill into a pool of grace: that would be the end of illusion, of pretense, the fire-retardant curtains opening to reveal the patio and its ficus.’
    • ‘Marnie crouches behind a potted ficus in the corner.’
    • ‘Later Ivo found in a botanical encyclopedia that another name of the ficus was ‘the plant-killer’, because wild ficuses, growing around a tree, are able to take all of its soil energy and finally kill it.’
    • ‘Consider reworking the roots and continuing to grow the ficus in pots.’
    • ‘The ficus would thrive during the warm months on the patio in filtered morning sun, but I suspect summer afternoon sun would be too intense.’
    • ‘For instance, in the International Airport area, trees such as neem, tamarind, casuarina and ficus, which absorb sound extremely well, are recommended.’
    • ‘‘The dried flowers were my fault; I couldn't help it,’ she says as the camera shows a ficus on her car's roof.’
    • ‘For the less adventurous, there is a selection of low-maintenance houseplants such as ficus and pothos.’
    • ‘Later that night while I was watering the ficus, Mic finally phoned.’
    • ‘ALL my trees including my three foot tall tropical ficus are in either Japanese brown mud pots or Chinese red clay.’
    • ‘Common houseplants like chrysanthemums and ferns add oxygen and filter out harmful particles, while aloe vera, philodendron, pothos, spider plants, and ficus reduce toxic chemicals like formaldehyde.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Latin, ‘fig, fig tree’.

Pronunciation

ficus

/ˈfiːkəs//ˈfʌɪkəs/