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fig leaf

noun
1.
the leaf of a fig tree.
2.
a representation of a fig leaf, used as an ornament in architecture, as a cover for the genitalia on a statue or in a painting, etc.
3.
something intended to conceal what may be considered indecorous or indecent:
to approach the facts of life with the fig leaves of roundabout expressions.
Origin
1525-1535
1525-35
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British Dictionary definitions for fig leaves

fig leaf

noun
1.
a leaf from a fig tree
2.
a representation of a leaf, usually a vine leaf rather than an actual fig leaf, used in painting or sculpture to cover the genitals of nude figures
3.
a device intended to conceal something regarded as shameful or indecent
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