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  6  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fig  \Fig\,  n. 
  Figure;  dress;  array.  [Colloq.] 
 
  Were  they  all  in  full  fig,  the  females  with  feathers  on 
  their  heads,  the  males  with  chapeaux  bras?  --Prof. 
  Wilson. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fig  \Fig\,  n.  [F.  figue  the  fruit  of  the  tree,  Pr  figa,  fr  L. 
  ficus  fig  tree,  fig.  Cf  {Fico}.] 
  1.  (Bot.)  A  small  fruit  tree  ({Ficus  Carica})  with  large 
  leaves,  known  from  the  remotest  antiquity.  It  was  probably 
  native  from  Syria  westward  to  the  Canary  Islands. 
 
  2.  The  fruit  of  a  fig  tree,  which  is  of  round  or  oblong 
  shape,  and  of  various  colors. 
 
  Note:  The  fruit  of  a  fig  tree  is  really  the  hollow  end  of  a 
  stem,  and  bears  numerous  achenia  inside  the  cavity. 
  Many  species  have  little,  hard,  inedible  figs,  and  in 
  only  a  few  does  the  fruit  become  soft  and  pulpy.  The 
  fruit  of  the  cultivated  varieties  is  much  prized  in  its 
  fresh  state,  and  also  when  dried  or  preserved.  See 
  {Caprification}. 
 
  3.  A  small  piece  of  tobacco.  [U.S.] 
 
  4.  The  value  of  a  fig,  practically  nothing;  a  fico;  --  used 
  in  scorn  or  contempt.  ``A  fig  for  Peter.''  --Shak. 
 
  {Cochineal  fig}.  See  {Conchineal  fig}. 
 
  {Fig  dust},  a  preparation  of  fine  oatmeal  for  feeding  caged 
  birds. 
 
  {Fig  faun},  one  of  a  class  of  rural  deities  or  monsters 
  supposed  to  live  on  figs.  ``Therefore  shall  dragons  dwell 
  there  with  the  fig  fauns.''  --Jer.  i.  39.  (Douay  version). 
 
  {Fig  gnat}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  small  fly  said  to  be  injurious  to 
  figs. 
 
  {Fig  leaf},  the  leaf  tree;  hence  in  allusion  to  the  first 
  clothing  of  Adam  and  Eve  (Genesis  iii.7),  a  covering  for  a 
  thing  that  ought  to  be  concealed;  esp.,  an  inadequate 
  covering;  a  symbol  for  affected  modesty. 
 
  {Fig  marigold}  (Bot.),  the  name  of  several  plants  of  the 
  genus  {Mesembryanthemum},  some  of  which  are  prized  for  the 
  brilliancy  and  beauty  of  their  flowers. 
 
  {Fig  tree}  (Bot.),  any  tree  of  the  genus  {Ficus},  but 
  especially  {F.  Carica}  which  produces  the  fig  of  commerce. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Fig  \Fig\,  v.  t.  [See  {Fico},  {Fig},  n.] 
  1.  To  insult  with  a  fico,  or  contemptuous  motion.  See  {Fico}. 
  [Obs.] 
 
  When  Pistol  lies,  do  this  and  fig  me  like  The 
  bragging  Spaniard.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  To  put  into  the  head  of  as  something  useless  o? 
  contemptible.  [Obs.]  --L'Estrange. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fig 
  n  1:  a  diagram  or  picture  illustrating  textual  material;  "the 
  area  covered  can  be  seen  from  Figure  2"  [syn:  {figure}] 
  2:  Mediterranean  tree  widely  cultivated  for  its  edible  fruit 
  [syn:  {common  fig},  {common  fig  tree},  {Ficus  carica}] 
  3:  fleshy  sweet  pear-shaped  yellowish  or  purple  multiple  fruit 
  eaten  fresh  or  preserved  or  dried 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Fig 
  First  mentioned  in  Gen.  3:7.  The  fig-tree  is  mentioned  (Deut. 
  8:8)  as  one  of  the  valuable  products  of  Palestine.  It  was  a  sign 
  of  peace  and  prosperity  (1  Kings  4:25;  Micah  4:4;  Zech.  3:10). 
  Figs  were  used  medicinally  (2  Kings  20:7),  and  pressed  together 
  and  formed  into  cakes"  as  articles  of  diet  (1  Sam.  30:12;  Jer. 
  24:2). 
 
  Our  Lord's  cursing  the  fig-tree  near  Bethany  (Mark  11:13)  has 
  occasioned  much  perplexity  from  the  circumstance,  as  mentioned 
  by  the  evangelist,  that  "the  time  of  figs  was  not  yet."  The 
  explanation  of  the  words  however,  lies  in  the  simple  fact  that 
  the  fruit  of  the  fig-tree  appears  before  the  leaves,  and  hence 
  that  if  the  tree  produced  leaves  it  ought  also  to  have  had 
  fruit.  It  ought  to  have  had  fruit  if  it  had  been  true  to  its 
  "pretensions,"  in  showing  its  leaves  at  this  particular  season. 
  "This  tree,  so  to  speak,  vaunted  itself  to  be  in  advance  of  all 
  the  other  trees,  challenged  the  passer-by  that  he  should  come 
  and  refresh  himself  with  its  fruit.  Yet  when  the  Lord  accepted 
  its  challenge  and  drew  near  it  proved  to  be  but  as  the  others 
  without  fruit  as  they  for  indeed,  as  the  evangelist  observes, 
  the  time  of  figs  had  not  yet  arrived.  Its  fault,  if  one  may  use 
  the  word  lay  in  its  pretensions,  in  its  making  a  show  to  run 
  before  the  rest  when  it  did  not  so  indeed"  (Trench,  Miracles). 
 
  The  fig-tree  of  Palestine  (Ficus  carica)  produces  two  and 
  sometimes  three  crops  of  figs  in  a  year,  (1)  the  bikkurah  or 
  "early-ripe  fig"  (Micah  7:1;  Isa.  28:4;  Hos.  9:10,  R.V.),  which 
  is  ripe  about  the  end  of  June,  dropping  off  as  soon  as  it  is 
  ripe  (Nah.  3:12);  (2)  the  kermus,  or  "summer  fig,"  then  begins 
  to  be  formed,  and  is  ripe  about  August;  and  (3)  the  pag  (plural 
  "green  figs,"  Cant.  2:13;  Gr  olynthos  Rev.  6:13,  "the  untimely 
  fig"),  or  "winter  fig,"  which  ripens  in  sheltered  spots  in 
  spring. 
 
 
  From  V.E.R.A.  --  Virtual  Entity  of  Relevant  Acronyms  13  March  2001  [vera]: 
 
  FIG 
  Forth  Interest  Group  (org.,  Forth) 
 
 




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