Definition of ficus in US English:



  • A tree, shrub, or climbing plant of a large genus that includes the figs and the rubber plant. They grow in tropical and warm climates, and several species are of commercial importance.

    Genus Ficus, family Moraceae

    • ‘‘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 true plant aficionados, grow a small tree, such as a ficus, on your deck.’
    • ‘Once there's new growth, prune to shape the ficus.’
    • ‘The philodendrons, the ficus, and the Swedish ivy in their terra-cotta planters had wilted.’
    • ‘For instance, in the International Airport area, trees such as neem, tamarind, casuarina and ficus, which absorb sound extremely well, are recommended.’
    • ‘The ficus we grow indoors are members of the fig family and capable of fruiting.’
    • ‘Marnie crouches behind a potted ficus in the corner.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Later that night while I was watering the ficus, Mic finally phoned.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For the less adventurous, there is a selection of low-maintenance houseplants such as ficus and pothos.’
    • ‘Consider reworking the roots and continuing to grow the ficus in pots.’
    • ‘I think it's safe for the ficus to be in your bedroom or any room in the house.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘ALL my trees including my three foot tall tropical ficus are in either Japanese brown mud pots or Chinese red clay.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And I don't mean a ficus in a pot by someone's swimming pool.’
    • ‘Tropical bonsai, such as serissa, ficus, or bougainvillea can not adapt to freezing temperature and must be protected against frost.’


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