strangler fig
noun Date: 1933 any of several figs (as Ficus aurea of the southeastern United States) that start as epiphytes but send down roots to the ground around the host tree; broadly any of various epiphytic vines or trees (as Clusia rosea syn. C. major) of similar habit

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  • Strangler Fig — is the common name for a number of tropical plant species, including some banyans and unrelated vines, namely: * Ficus aurea , also known as the Florida Strangler Fig * Ficus barbata , also known as the Bearded Fig * Ficus watkinsiana They all… …   Wikipedia

  • strangler fig — noun 1. a common tropical American clusia having solitary white or rose flowers • Syn: ↑pitch apple, ↑Clusia rosea, ↑Clusia major • Hypernyms: ↑strangler, ↑strangler tree • Member Holonyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • strangler fig — ▪ tree also called  strangler        many species of tropical figs (genus Ficus) named for their pattern of growth upon host trees, which often results in the host s death. Strangler figs and other strangler species are common in tropical forests …   Universalium

  • strangler fig — /stræŋglə ˈfɪg/ (say stranggluh fig) noun a tall rainforest tree, Ficus watkinsiana, which germinates in the branches of a host tree, sending many crisscrossing roots down which eventually envelop the host tree and kill it, leaving the fig in… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Strangler fig — Ficus (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • Florida strangler fig — noun a strangler tree native to southern Florida and West Indies; begins as an epiphyte eventually developing many thick aerial roots and covering enormous areas • Syn: ↑golden fig, ↑strangler fig, ↑wild fig, ↑Ficus aurea • Hypernyms: ↑fig tree • …   Useful english dictionary

  • fig tree — noun any moraceous tree of the tropical genus Ficus; produces a closed pear shaped receptacle that becomes fleshy and edible when mature (Freq. 1) • Hypernyms: ↑tree • Hyponyms: ↑fig, ↑common fig, ↑common fig tree, ↑Ficus carica, ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • strangler tree — noun an epiphytic vine or tree whose aerial roots extend down the trunk of a supporting tree and coalesce around it eventually strangling the tree • Syn: ↑strangler • Derivationally related forms: ↑strangle (for: ↑strangler) • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • strangler — noun 1. an epiphytic vine or tree whose aerial roots extend down the trunk of a supporting tree and coalesce around it eventually strangling the tree • Syn: ↑strangler tree • Derivationally related forms: ↑strangle • Hypernyms: ↑air plant,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • golden fig — noun a strangler tree native to southern Florida and West Indies; begins as an epiphyte eventually developing many thick aerial roots and covering enormous areas • Syn: ↑Florida strangler fig, ↑strangler fig, ↑wild fig, ↑Ficus aurea • Hypernyms:… …   Useful english dictionary

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