Indian fig

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Indian fig (plural Indian figs)

  1. Certain species of Asian fig
    1. Ficus benghalensis, a species of banyan tree also known as East Indian fig.
    2. Synonym of cluster fig (Ficus racemosa, a species of plant in the family Moraceae)
  2. (archaic) Certain prickly pears (genus Opuntia), in family Cactaceae:
    • 1809, James Grey Jackson, An Account of the Empire of Marocco, page 77:
      The Indian fig is very different from other figs; when ripe, it is of an oval form, and of a colour inclining to yellow; it has a thick succulent rind, so covered with fine sharp prickles, as to render gloves, or some other substitute necessary, when peeling it.
    1. Opuntia ficus-indica, a species of cactus also known as Indian fig opuntia.
    2. Opuntia humifusa, a species of cactus also known as eastern prickly pear.