fig leaf

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  1. the leaf of a fig tree.

  2. a representation of a fig leaf, used as an ornament in architecture, as a cover for the genitalia on a statue or in a painting, etc.

  1. something intended to conceal what may be considered indecorous or indecent: to approach the facts of life with the fig leaves of roundabout expressions.

Origin of fig leaf

First recorded in 1525–35

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

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British Dictionary definitions for fig leaf

fig leaf

  1. a leaf from a fig tree

  2. a representation of a leaf, usually a vine leaf rather than an actual fig leaf, used in painting or sculpture to cover the genitals of nude figures

  1. a device intended to conceal something regarded as shameful or indecent

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