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- A leaf of the fig plant.
- A representation of leaf of a fig plant used to cover the genitals of a nude figure in a work of art (alluding to Genesis iii 7, in which Adam and Eve use fig leaves to hide their nakedness).
- (figuratively) Anything used to conceal something undesirable or that one does not want to be discovered.
- 2019 July 24, David Austin Walsh, “Flirting With Fascism”, in Jewish Currents:
- True, David Brog, one of the organizers of last week’s conference, insisted that national conservatives are not anti-immigrant. But this is a fig leaf. [University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy] Wax explicitly made an argument for limiting the number of nonwhites entering the US.
leaf of the fig plant
leaf covering genitals in a work of art