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  1. (noun, communication) a diagram or picture illustrating textual material
  2. (noun, food) fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried
  3. (noun, group) a Libyan terrorist group organized in 1995 and aligned with al-Qaeda; seeks to radicalize the Libyan government; attempted to assassinate Qaddafi
  4. (noun, plant) Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit

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Alternate forms of Fig

Hyponyms: caprifig, ficus carica sylvestris

Hypernyms: edible fruit, fig tree, illustration

Origin of the word Fig

  1. early 13c., from O.Fr. figue, from O.Prov. figa, from V.L. *fica, from L. ficus "fig tree, fig," from a pre-I.E. Mediterranean language, possibly Semitic (cf. Phoenician pagh "half-ripe fig"). Earlier borrowed directly into O.E. from L. as fic. The insulting sense of the word in Shakespeare, etc. (A fig for ...) is 1570s, from Gk… more

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