autumn olive


Definition of autumn olive

: a deciduous large shrub or small tree (Elaeagnus umbellata) that is native to Asia and has silvery young leaves, pale yellow flowers in umbels, and silvery, berrylike fruits which turn red in autumn

Note: The autumn olive has become widely naturalized in eastern North America and is now often considered an invasive species.

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First Known Use of autumn olive

1951, in the meaning defined above

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“Autumn olive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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