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olive

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noun ol·ive \ˈä-liv, -ləv\

Definition of olive

  1. 1a :  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 fruitb :  any of various shrubs and trees resembling the olive

  2. 2 :  any of several colors resembling that of the unripe fruit of the olive tree that are yellowish green

  3. 3 :  an oval eminence on each ventrolateral aspect of the medulla oblongata

Examples of olive in a sentence

  1. a sauce made with chopped olives

  2. Does the suit come in olive?

Origin and Etymology of olive

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia


First Known Use: 1600


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olive

adjective ol·ive

Definition of olive

  1. 1 :  of the color olive or olive green

  2. 2 :  approaching olive in color or complexion

1657

First Known Use of olive

1657



OLIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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olive

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noun ol·ive \ˈä-liv, -ləv\

Definition of olive for English Language Learners

  • : 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


OLIVE Defined for Kids

olive

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noun ol·ive \ˈä-liv\

Definition of olive for Students

  1. 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. 2 :  a yellowish green color


Medical Dictionary

olive

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noun ol·ive \ˈäl-iv, -əv\

Medical Definition of olive

  1. 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. 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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