One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Any of several fig trees of the genus Ficus (family Moraceae), especially F. microcarpa, native to Sri Lanka to South-east Asia but commonly grown elsewhere as an ornamental.
2Any of several trees of the genus Terminalia (family Combretaceae), especially T. alata, native chiefly to India and Burma (Myanmar) and bearing terminal spikes of yellow flowers.
Early 18th century; earliest use found in Richard Bradley (?1688–1732), botanist and writer.
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