Definition of Indian fig in English:

Indian fig

Pronunciation /ˌɪndɪən ˈfɪɡ/


  • 1In full "Indian fig tree". Now historical and rare. The banyan tree, Ficus benghalensis.

  • 2A banana plant (genus Musa).

  • 3A prickly pear cactus (genus Opuntia).


Late 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Blundeville (fl. 1561), author and translator. From Indian + fig.