from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A stylized representation of the leaf of a fig, used especially to conceal genitals depicted in works of art.
- noun Something that serves as a usually insufficient concealment or camouflage.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The leaf of a fig-tree; figuratively, a thin or partial covering, in allusion to the first covering of Adam and Eve; a makeshift.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- The leaf from a fig tree.
- An ornamental design shaped like the leaf of a fig tree, used in architecture; also, a design shaped like a fig leaf to cover genitalia in sculpture or paintings -- in reference to the biblical story in Genesis of Adam and Eve, who covered their privates with fig leaves.
- Anything used to conceal what is considered embarrassing or indecent. See sense 2.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun A leaf of the fig plant.
- noun A
representationof leaf of a fig plant used to cover the genitalsof a nude figurein a work of art(alluding to Genesisiii 7, in which Adam and Eve use fig leaves to hide their nakedness).
- noun figuratively Anything used to conceal something undesirable or that one does not want to be discovered.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a covering consisting of anything intended to conceal something regarded as shameful
- noun a leaf from a fig tree
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minouchette commented on the word fig leaf
a one-piece swimsuit
October 8, 2010