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[fahy-kuh s] /ˈfaɪ kəs/
noun, plural ficus, ficuses.
any of numerous chiefly tropical trees, shrubs, and vines belonging to the genus Ficus, of the mulberry family, having milky sap and large, thick or stiff leaves, including the edible fig, the banyan, and many species grown as ornamentals.
Origin of ficus
< New Latin (Linnaeus); Latin fīcus fig1 Unabridged
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  • Try paying attention, say, to all the potted plants you see en route-then retrace your steps from fern to ficus to foyer.
  • There is an artificial park with ficus trees and benches, and a gleaming basketball court.
  • The new strain of whiteflies infests some species of ficus plants and turns their leaves sticky and stains them.
  • For the less adventurous, there is a selection of low-maintenance houseplants such as ficus and pothos.
  • Long before ficus trees met weight machines, he was a dogged exerciser.
British Dictionary definitions for ficus


any plant of the genus Ficus, which includes the edible fig and several greenhouse and house plants See rubber plant, weeping ivy
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Word Origin and History for ficus

c.1400, from Latin ficus "fig, fig tree" (see fig).

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