- 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 fīcus fig1
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Examples from the Web for ficus
The Ficus Platypoda was also found here, loaded with ripe fruit.Explorations in Australia
The asvaththa (Ficus religiosa) is also very sacred to the Nambūtiris.Castes and Tribes of Southern India
The two pieces of wood of Ficus religiosa, used for kindling fire.The Swastika
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
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Word Origin and History for ficus
c.1400, from Latin ficus "fig, fig tree" (see fig).
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