Definitions for fig leaf

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  1. fig leaf(noun)

    a leaf from a fig tree

  2. fig leaf(noun)

    a covering consisting of anything intended to conceal something regarded as shameful

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  1. fig leaf

    The leaf from a fig tree.

  2. fig leaf

    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.

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  1. fig leaf(Noun)

    A leaf of the fig plant.

  2. fig leaf(Noun)

    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).

  3. fig leaf(Noun)

    Anything used to conceal something undesirable or that one does not want to be discovered.

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  1. Fig leaf

    A fig leaf is literally a leaf of the fig tree. The term is widely used figuratively associated with the covering up of an act or an object that is embarrassing or distasteful with something of innocuous appearance. The term is a metaphorical reference to the Biblical Book of Genesis, in which Adam and Eve used fig leaves to cover their nudity after eating the fruit from the Tree of knowledge of good and evil. Sometimes paintings and statues had the genitals of their subjects covered by a representation of an actual fig leaf or similar object, either as part of the work or added afterwards for perceived modesty.


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