fig ( figs plural )
1 n-count A fig is a soft sweet fruit that grows in hot countries. It is full of tiny seeds and is often eaten dried.
2 n-count A fig or a fig tree is a tree on which figs grow.
1 In books and magazines, fig. is used as an abbreviation for figure in order to tell the reader which picture or diagram is being referred to.
Draw the basic outlines in black felt-tip pen (see fig. 4).
2 In some dictionaries and language books, fig. is used as an abbreviation for figurative.
fig leaf ( fig leaves plural )
1 n-count A fig leaf is a large leaf which comes from the fig tree. A fig leaf is sometimes used in painting and sculpture to cover the genitals of a naked body.
2 n-count People sometimes refer disapprovingly to something which is intended to hide or prevent an embarrassing situation as a fig leaf. (JOURNALISM) usu with supp (disapproval)
This deal is little more than a fig leaf for the continued destruction of the landscape.
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