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1olive

noun ol·ive \ˈä-liv, -ləv\

: a small, egg-shaped black or green fruit that is used as food or for making oil

: a tree on which olives grow

: a yellowish-green color

Full Definition of OLIVE

1
a :  a Mediterranean evergreen tree (Olea europaea of the family Oleaceae, the olive family) cultivated for its drupaceous fruit that is an important food and source of oil; also :  the fruit
b :  any of various shrubs and trees resembling the olive
2
:  any of several colors resembling that of the unripe fruit of the olive tree that are yellowish green
3
:  an oval eminence on each ventrolateral aspect of the medulla oblongata

Examples of OLIVE

  1. a sauce made with chopped olives
  2. Does the suit come in olive?

Origin of OLIVE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia
First Known Use: 13th century

2olive

adjective

Definition of OLIVE

1
:  of the color olive or olive green
2
:  approaching olive in color or complexion

First Known Use of OLIVE

1657
OLIVE Defined for Kids

olive

noun ol·ive \ˈä-liv\

Definition of OLIVE for Kids

1
:  the oily fruit of an evergreen tree that is eaten both ripe and unripe and is the source of an edible oil (olive oil)
2
:  a yellowish green color
Medical Dictionary

olive

noun ol·ive \ˈäl-iv, -əv\

Medical Definition of OLIVE

1
:  an Old World evergreen tree (Olea europaea of the family Oleaceae, the olive family) cultivated for its drupaceous fruit that is an important food and source of oil; also :  the fruit
2
:  an oval eminence on each ventrolateral aspect of the medulla oblongata that contains the inferior olive of the same side—called also olivary body
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