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[n] a diagram or picture illustrating textual material; "the area covered can be seen from Figure 2"
[n] fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried
[n] Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit

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\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. 3
9. (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.
\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.
\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.

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