Definitions starting with F

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fig tree, feeg tree

[OED, a tree of the genus Ficus, especially Ficus caries; for /i, iy/ alternation, see BEEG] n. 1. a local tree of the genus Ficus: 1889 F. pertusa (Gardner 403). 1905 F. sapotifolia (Shattuck 193). 1910 F. dimidiata; peduncu­lata (Northrop 149). 1918 Dis high feeg tree (Parsons 81). 1976 Fig trees. . .with their aerial roots (Eneas 8). (Gen.)

2. [cf. Car, fig banana DM; OED fig "in the East and West Indies popularly applied (like the cor­responding words in Fr., Sp., Port.) to the Bana­na"] a kind of banana tree: 1966 (Crowley 17).

Tags: food, fruit, noun, plant, tree

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Last update: 2010-11-28 15:46
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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