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1A soft pear-shaped fruit with sweet dark flesh and many small seeds, eaten fresh or dried.
whit, iota, jot, hoot, scrap, bit, figView synonyms
- ‘Ripe figs are less attractive to birds because they remain green.’
- ‘The bread gets crispy in the oven, and the ingredient combo is simple and beautiful: sweet figs, soft mozzarella, fragrant basil and tasty pesto.’
- ‘Dried figs were a main article of the diet of ordinary people in classical Greece and Rome.’
- ‘Large, very sweet figs are best used fresh.’
- ‘Wild figs may be eaten, but they are small and dry.’
- ‘Last year the birds ate all the figs from the tree before I could get to the figs.’
- ‘Place four pieces of roasted figs on the bottom of each tart shell.’
- ‘Set a dried fig to one side and spoon some orange sauce around the dish.’
- ‘This is also good served with fresh figs instead of melon.’
- ‘Where available raccoons may also eat peaches, plums, figs, citrus fruits, watermelons, beech nuts, and walnuts.’
- ‘Reduce the heat and simmer until the figs are soft, about five minutes.’
- ‘So dried figs, cranberries, apricots can all be included.’
- ‘The wise sage asked the student to pick a fig from a large tree and open it.’
- ‘A neighbor had given her fresh figs from her tree.’
- ‘Pour enough custard over the roasted figs to fill the tart shells halfway.’
- ‘On the other hand, fresh figs are abundant only in the summer and fall.’
- ‘I have ripe figs once a year and dried figs the other eleven months.’
- ‘"You mean you're too nervous to eat, " he replied, happily eating both figs himself.’
- ‘So, who wants to cultivate figs and citrus fruit?’
- ‘When picking figs, look for fruit that is soft to the touch but not squishy or bruised.’
2The deciduous Old World tree or shrub that bears the fig.
- ‘The fig tree has tons of huge green figs and leaves, soon to be ripe enough for me to pick and preserve.’
- ‘When I planted a fig a month ago in full sun, I mixed the soil with a recommended planting soil and root stimulator.’
- ‘A squirrel (completely normal-sized) made his way over from the fig tree, to the other big shade tree, just a few feet in front of me.’
- ‘The bee nest was actually in a hollow fig tree, right next to the chain.’
- ‘The reader may, however, object that the fig tree is a useful and fruit-bearing tree.’
- ‘A fig tree stands in one corner, a few giant candles decorate the room, and a trophy collection from years of fitness competitions commands one wall.’
- ‘Then the sage asked his student the question, ‘How is that a huge fig tree could have grown from nothing?’’
- ‘But still, the day before his death, resting under a fig tree, his soul filled with joy at the glorious landscape, he worked on his final work which unfortunately, was left unfinished.’
- ‘The tender bark of a bare-root fig tree is susceptible to sunscald.’
- ‘Sometimes you might encounter a fox, and I lost a whole morning's work watching a mother bird feeding her baby birds the figs from my fig tree.’
- ‘The combined feelings of exile and age were converted into peaceful images of how the fig tree has a fruitful old age ‘greater than any leafy youth, carrying its load of hope’ and displays its ancient sweetness.’
- ‘Seeing in the distance a fig tree in leaf, he went to find out if it had any fruit.’
- ‘‘You may wait there,’ said the guard, pointing to a bench beneath a tall fig tree, before hurrying through a stone archway into another yard beyond.’
- ‘Most fruit and berry plants can be planted now, but wait until mid-March, when the soil is warmer, to plant citrus and figs.’
- ‘The tree, an Australian wild fig, had a circumference of more than five metres.’
- ‘The famous Treetops hotel started life in a humble way in 1932, when its first visitors gingerly climbed the wild fig tree supporting the two-room tree house.’
- ‘A ‘poet's corner’ is overshadowed by a large fig tree and features a brick floor and seating area while the rose section has clear views to the valley below.’
- ‘A barren fig tree takes up valuable garden space and nutrients that fruitful trees can use.’
- ‘I sit between a fig tree, two hazel nut trees and a grape vine.’
- ‘Beyond the Club House another illuminated walkway leads to the Tree House, a raised seating area built around a stout fig tree, which almost demands hours of leisurely lounging.’
- 2.1Used in names of other plants of the genus "Ficus", or in names of nonrelated plants that bear a fruit similar to a fig.
- ‘You can also let a creeping fig or other dense vine cover a block wall between you and your neighbors, or add planting sconces to walls and gates.’
- ‘Barbados was discovered by the Portuguese in 1627 and named ‘Los Barbados’ or the bearded place, a name derived from a species of tree common to the island, the bearded fig tree.’
- ‘Experience subtle changes in vegetation as we descend into the rainforest of bangalow palms, strangler figs and red cedar.’
- ‘Soft scale is mainly a problem on indoor plants, especially citrus plants and weeping fig, and is also a problem on bay trees and many other plants.’
- ‘Its dramatic Skywalk reaches above the canopy of palms, strangler figs and thick woody vines to command a breathtaking 40-mile view to the ocean.’
- ‘Slightly smaller, but no less vigorous is Ficus benjamina, the weeping fig which is often used as a bonsai because it responds so well to pruning.’
- ‘I was also interested in the way hotels employ people on the condition that they remain invisible, no more likely to engage in dialogue with a paying guest than a weeping fig plant.’
- ‘A good example is the Bourbong Street weeping figs, originally planted in the centre of the street in 1888, with additional plantings in the 1920s.’
- ‘While it might look impressive in rainforests, the strangler fig is one fig you shouldn't try at home.’
Middle English: from Old French figue, from Provençal fig(u)a, based on Latin ficus.
Smart clothes, especially those appropriate to a particular occasion or profession.‘a soldier walking up the street in full fig’
- ‘Admittedly, there's a minefield of kitsch to cross before you can be certain of conjuring up absolutely no visual resemblance to Widow Twankee, Liberace or Lesley Joseph in full fig - but the time has come to quell those fears.’
- ‘British magazines aren't carrying the M7 ad in its complete form so you will have to buy a French magazine if you want to see Samuel de Cubber, the model who donated his organ, in full fig.’
- ‘He met the eye of one of the policemen who were marching, in full fig, beside the judges.’
- ‘They were in full fig, long gowns, tiaras, dinner jackets and all.’
- ‘Togged out full fig - pill-box cap, dress tunic and swagger-stick - he awaited her at the barrack gates in vain.’
- ‘I'm not a great fan of stuffed moose and mediaeval knights in full fig, but Kelvingrove's got the lot.’
- ‘Beaton turned to Winterhalter for royalty in full fig, to Romney for pretty girls.’
verb[WITH OBJECT]Archaic, informal
Dress up (someone) to look smart.‘he was figged out in the latest modes’
Late 17th century (as a verb): variant of obsolete feague liven up (earlier whip); perhaps related to German fegen sweep, thrash; compare with fake. An early sense of the verb was fill the head with nonsense; later (early 19th century) cause (a horse) to be lively and carry its tail well (by applying ginger to its anus); hence smarten up.
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