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noun [countable] fig leaf pronunciation in British English
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singularfig leaf
pluralfig leaves
  1. 1
    a leaf from a fig tree. You often see a fig leaf covering the sex organs of people in paintings.
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  2. 2
    something that hides another thing that is considered morally wrong
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In the Bible, Adam and Eve used leaves from a fig tree to cover their sex organs.


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