[ fahy-kuhs ]

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.

Origin of ficus

<New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin fīcusfig1

Words Nearby ficus Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use ficus in a sentence

  • The church, a white and dilapidated structure, was hoary with ficus and other plants which grew from ledges and crevices.

    The Sea and the Jungle | H. M. Tomlinson
  • No importance should be attached to the exaggerated divisions made by Gasparini in ficus carica, Linnæus.

    Origin of Cultivated Plants | Alphonse De Candolle

British Dictionary definitions for ficus


/ (ˈfiːkəs) /

  1. any plant of the genus Ficus, which includes the edible fig and several greenhouse and house plants: See rubber plant, weeping ivy

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