olive oil


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
Recent Examples on the Web Add rosemary, thyme, crushed garlic cloves and 4 tablespoons olive oil. Alysha Witwicki, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 4 Oct. 2021 Toss with 1 clove crushed garlic and 1 tablespoon olive oil. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 20 Sep. 2021 And studies show that the traditional Nordic diet from Denmark, Finland and Sweden can also protect heart health and reduce inflammation, even though canola oil replaces olive oil and rye is favored over wheat. Washington Post, 15 Sep. 2021 Istria puts them all out on a picnic table underneath a vine-laced arbor, then covers them in world-class olive oil. Adam Erace, Travel + Leisure, 4 Sep. 2021 Add anchovies, vinegar, and remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil and stir to combine. Kate Merker, Country Living, 11 Aug. 2021 Shortening and eggs are replaced with organic olive oil, lending a softer texture to the dough that’s traditionally made dry or spongey for dipping into coffee or hot chocolate. Ferron Salniker, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 July 2021 Transfer to a small jar and top with remaining ¾ cup olive oil. Taylor Murray, Good Housekeeping, 19 July 2021 The store offers pantry staples like flour and sugar as well as artisanal goods like $9 tins of canned fish and $42 three-liter containers of cold pressed olive oil. BostonGlobe.com, 7 July 2021

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First Known Use of olive oil

1566, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of olive oil was in 1566

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11 Oct 2021

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“Olive oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20oil. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of olive oil

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

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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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