olive oil

noun

Definition of olive oil

: a pale yellow to yellowish-green nondrying oil that is obtained from olives, is high in monounsaturated fat, and is used chiefly as a salad oil and in cooking

Examples of olive oil in a Sentence

a teaspoon of olive oil

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Toss snap peas with olive oil and 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Charred Snap Peas with Creamy Tarragon Dressing," 8 Mar. 2019 Photo: Eli Meir Kaplan for The Wall Street Journal My pantry is always stocked with: Olio Quattrociocchi Olivastro, an organic olive oil produced near Genoa, Italy. Louisa Shafia, WSJ, "How To Be a Happy and Relaxed Host," 10 Jan. 2019 For a late breakfast or early lunch, meander over to Mimar Sinan, one of several nearby restaurants specializing in kuru fasülye, white beans stewed in olive oil and tomato sauce and served with rice pilaf. Ashlea Halpern, Condé Nast Traveler, "Three Days In Istanbul," 28 Dec. 2018 Proponents really gave coconut oil a lift after data in a 2008 study suggested that subjects who ate an oil containing medium chain triglycerides (MCT) lost more weight than a control group who ate olive oil. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "How coconut oil went from health food to “poison”," 23 Aug. 2018 Instead, eat veggies raw, or steam, blanch or roast them until just crisp-tender, then top with a little olive oil. Aviva Patz And Karyn Repinski, Woman's Day, "10 Natural Ways to Lower Your Blood Pressure," 20 Aug. 2018 Another reiterated that extra-virgin olive oil may help prevent memory loss. Fiza Pirani, ajc, "How to prevent Alzheimer’s: Sleep, drink wine and exercise, researchers suggest," 11 June 2018 To do it, wash and dry your beets, then massage them with a bit of olive oil (about a teaspoon per beet) plus herbs like thyme and salt. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Yes, It Is Possible to Prep and Cook Beets Without Making a Huge Mess—Here's How," 27 Feb. 2019 In a food processor, pulse 2 cups carrot tops, 1 clove garlic, 1/2 cup each basil leaves and olive oil, 1/4 cup each toasted walnuts and finely grated Parmesan, and 1 Tbsp lemon juice until smooth. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Spiced Roast Chicken with Caramelized Carrots and Shallots," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of olive oil

1566, in the meaning defined above

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olive oil

noun

English Language Learners Definition of olive oil

: a yellow to yellowish-green oil that is made from olives and used in cooking

olive oil

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Medical Definition of olive oil

: a pale yellow to yellowish green edible oil obtained from the pulp of olives that is high in monousaturated fatty acids and is used chiefly as a salad oil and in cooking, in toilet soaps, and as an emollient

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