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[fahy-kuh s]
noun, plural fi·cus, fi·cus·es.
  1. any of numerous chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines belonging to the genus Ficus, of the mulberry family, having milky sap and large, thick or stiff leaves, including the edible fig, the banyan, and many species grown as ornamentals.
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Origin of ficus

< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin fīcus fig1
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Historical Examples of ficus

  • The Ficus Platypoda was also found here, loaded with ripe fruit.

    Explorations in Australia

    John Forrest

  • The asvaththa (Ficus religiosa) is also very sacred to the Nambūtiris.

  • The two pieces of wood of Ficus religiosa, used for kindling fire.

    The Swastika

    Thomas Wilson

  • The (H.) glar (Ficus glomerata, the clustered fig)1861 is another.

    The Bbur-nma in English

    Babur, Emperor of Hindustan

  • Among the other trees on the island I noticed a Casuarina and a Ficus.

    Cruise of the 'Alert'

    R. W. Coppinger

British Dictionary definitions for ficus


  1. any plant of the genus Ficus, which includes the edible fig and several greenhouse and house plantsSee rubber plant, weeping ivy
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Word Origin and History for ficus


c.1400, from Latin ficus "fig, fig tree" (see fig).

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