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English definition for fig leaf

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

2. n. a leaf from a fig tree

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A fig leaf is widely used figuratively to convey the covering up of an act or an object that is embarrassing or distasteful with something of innocuous appearance, 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 the knowledge of good and evil.
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