olive

53 ENTRIES FOUND:

1ol·ive

noun \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

ol·ive

noun \ˈäl-iv, -əv\   (Medical Dictionary)

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

olive

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Subtropical, broad-leaved tree (Olea europaea) or its edible fruit. The olive was being grown on the island of Crete c. 3500 BC, and Semitic peoples apparently were cultivating it as early as 3000 BC. Its cultivation was important to the ancient Greeks and Romans and spread to all the countries bordering the Mediterranean. Today olives are grown primarily for olive oil, valued both for its distinctive taste and fragrance and for its dietary benefits. Fresh olives must be treated to neutralize their extreme bitterness before they can be eaten. The olive family (Oleaceae) comprises about 900 species in 24 genera of woody plants. Native to forested regions, members of the family grow worldwide except in the Arctic; they are evergreen in tropical and warm temperate climes and deciduous in colder zones. The family includes ash trees, which yield hardwood timber, and horticultural favourites such as the lilac, jasmine, privet, and forsythia. Many members of the family are cultivated for their beautiful and fragrant flowers.

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