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olive

noun ol·ive \ ˈä-liv , -ləv \

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 in a Sentence

  1. a sauce made with chopped olives

  2. Does the suit come in olive?

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Origin and Etymology of olive

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


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olive

adjective

Definition of olive

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

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First Known Use of olive

1657



OLIVE Defined for English Language Learners

olive

noun

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

noun ol·ive \ ˈä-liv \

Definition of olive for Students

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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