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FIG, noun [Latin ficus; Heb.]

1. The fruit of the fig tree, which is of a round or oblong shape, and a dark purplish color, with a pulp of a sweet taste. But the varieties are numerous; some being blue, others red, and others of a dark brown color.

2. The fig tree.

FIG, verb transitive

1. To insult with ficoes or contemptuous motions of the fingers. [Not used.]

2. To put something useless into one's head. [Not used.]

FIG'-APPLE, noun A species of apple.

FIG'-GNAT, noun An insect of the fly kind.

FIG'-LEAF, noun The leaf of a fig tree; also, a thin covering in allusion to the first covering of Adam and Eve.