fig leaf1. The leaf from a fig tree.
2. 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.
[figurative] Anything used to conceal what is considered embarrassing or indecent. See sense 2.
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