fig

A fig is a flowering tree that grows in warm climates. The fruit that grows on a fig is also called a fig.

The fig, or fig tree, is happiest in dry, sunny climates like those in the Middle East and the Mediterranean region. The figs that grow on these trees is very sweet, with a green skin that ripens to a purple, brown, or yellowish color. An interesting quirk of the fig is that it needs a specific type of wasp for pollination in order to produce seeds. The Latin root of fig is ficus.

Definitions of fig
  1. noun
    Mediterranean tree widely cultivated for its edible fruit
    synonyms: Ficus carica, common fig, common fig tree
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    types:
    Ficus carica sylvestris, caprifig
    wild variety of the common fig used to facilitate pollination of certain figs
    type of:
    fig tree
    any moraceous tree of the tropical genus Ficus; produces a closed pear-shaped receptacle that becomes fleshy and edible when mature
  2. noun
    fleshy sweet pear-shaped yellowish or purple multiple fruit eaten fresh or preserved or dried
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    type of:
    edible fruit
    edible reproductive body of a seed plant especially one having sweet flesh
  3. noun
    a diagram or picture illustrating textual material
    synonyms: figure
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    type of:
    illustration
    artwork that helps make something clear or attractive
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