fig leaf definition

  • noun:
    • A stylized representation associated with leaf of a fig, used particularly to conceal genitals portrayed in artwork.
    • Something that serves as a usually insufficient concealment or camouflage: "Many fallen executives are still allowed the fig leaf of 'resignation'” ( David Pauly).
    • A leaf of the fig plant.
    • A representation of leaf of a fig plant always protect the genitals of a nude figure in a-work of art (alluding to Genesis iii 7, by which Adam-and-Eve use fig leaves to cover up their nakedness).
    • something always conceal one thing unwelcome or that certain will not desire to be discovered.
    • the leaf tree; therefore, in allusion to your very first clothes of Adam-and-Eve (Genesis iii.7), a covering for a thing that should be concealed; esp., an inadequate covering; symbolic for affected modesty.
    • The leaf of a fig-tree; figuratively, a thin or partial covering, in allusion towards first covering of Adam and Eve; a makeshift.
    • a covering comprising something designed to hide one thing considered to be shameful
    • a leaf from a fig tree
  • others:
    • The leaf from a fig tree.
    • An ornamental design shaped like the leaf of a fig tree, used in architecture; additionally, a design formed like a fig leaf to cover genitalia in sculpture or paintings -- in mention of the biblical tale in Genesis of Adam and Eve, just who covered their particular privates with fig leaves.
    • Anything used to hide something considered awkward or indecent. See feeling 2.

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