fig

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English[edit]

A fig (the fruit).
A fig (the fruit) in cross-section.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English fige, fygge (also fyke, from Old English fīc, see fike), from Anglo-Norman figue, from Old Provençal figa, from Vulgar Latin fīca (fig), from Latin fīcus (fig tree), from a pre-Indo European language, perhaps Phoenician [script?] (pagh, ripe fig) (compare Classical Hebrew פַּגָּה (paggâ, early fallen fig), Classical Syriac ܦܓܐ (paggāʾ), dialectal Arabic - (faġġ), [script?] (fiġġ))[1].

Another Semitic root (compare Akkadian [script?] (tīʾu, fig)) was borrowed into Ancient Greek as σῦκον (sûkon) (Boeotian τῦκον (tûkon)) and Armenian as թուզ (tʿuz); whence English sycophant.

Noun[edit]

fig (plural figs)

  1. A fruit-bearing tree or shrub of the genus Ficus that is native mainly to the tropics.
  2. The fruit of the fig tree, pear-shaped and containing many small seeds.
  3. A small piece of tobacco.
  4. The value of a fig, practically nothing; a fico; a whit.
    • Shakespeare
      I'll pledge you all; and a fig for Peter!
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Verb[edit]

fig (third-person singular simple present figs, present participle figging, simple past and past participle figged)

  1. (obsolete) To insult with a fico, or contemptuous motion.
    • Shakespeare
      When Pistol lies, do this, and fig me like / The bragging Spaniard.
  2. (obsolete) To put into the head of, as something useless or contemptible.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of L'Estrange to this entry?)

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Etymology 2[edit]

Variation of fike.

Verb[edit]

fig (third-person singular simple present figs, present participle figging, simple past and past participle figged)

  1. (intransitive) To move suddenly or quickly; rove about.

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Noun[edit]

fig (plural figs)

  1. Abbreviation of figure (diagram or illustration).

References[edit]

  1. ^ Andreas Franz and Wilhelm Schimper, Plant Geography Upon a Physiological Basis, volume 2 (Berlin: Gebrüder Borntraeger, 1902), page 100

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Rafsi[edit]

fig

  1. rafsi of figre.

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Noun[edit]

fig (plural figs)

  1. fig

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