ole·​as·​ter ˈō-lē-ˌa-stər How to pronounce oleaster (audio)
: any of several plants (genus Elaeagnus of the family Elaeagnaceae, the oleaster family) having alternate leaves and small often fragrant flowers with four stamens
especially : russian olive

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The property also has fine examples of the elegant Menorcan gates whose curvy rails are made from ullastre, or oleaster, i.e., wild olive trees, whose wood is sculpted by arader artisans of whom some still work on the island. John Oseid, Forbes, 19 May 2022

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin, from olea

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of oleaster was in the 14th century

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“Oleaster.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/oleaster. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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