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 After the peppers have coooked for 10 minutes, heat a medium-size saute pan over medium-high heat and add the remaining 2 teaspoons of olive oil. Christian Reynoso, SFChronicle.com, "Roasting sweet late-season peppers with sausages lets the flavors bloom," 16 Oct. 2020 Sizzle a bunch of garlic in plenty of olive oil, throw some cooked pasta in there along with pasta water and a good knob of butter, stir it all around enthusiastically, and you’ll be sold on this whole Dutch oven thing after one bite. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "You Need a Dutch Oven—But It Doesn’t Need to Cost $300," 13 Oct. 2020 This new slew of restaurants and shops joins Park West's other food and beverage tenants, which offer places to go for poke bowls, cheeseburgers and high-quality olive oil. Priscilla Totiyapungprasert, The Arizona Republic, "Brunch, ice cream and cake: 7 new restaurants and sweet shops coming to the West Valley," 2 Oct. 2020 After harvesting the slightly bitter greens, saute them in olive oil and chili pepper flakes to top off a homemade pizza. David Syrek, chicagotribune.com, "Don’t give up on the outdoor season just yet. Here are 8 great ways to make summer last a while longer.," 26 Sep. 2020 Coffee Roasters, J Welch Farms' Texas olive oil from Victoria, and Davis Mountains Nut Co., to name a few. Shop. Kim Pierce, Dallas News, "The State Fair Go Texan pavilion is online this year with spices, jams, coffee and more," 25 Sep. 2020 Among the most famous pie joints is Frank Pepe Pizzeria Napoletana, famed for its pizzas topped with clams, garlic and olive oil. Paul Stephen, ExpressNews.com, "Travel to New England from your kitchen with salt cod stew, Boston baked beans, white clam pizza, seafood chowder and more," 5 Aug. 2020 Puree them in a blender with some garlic and olive oil to create a delicious sauce. Marshall Bright, CNN Underscored, "7 ways to make the most of a CSA farm share box," 24 June 2020 Add in two or three parts, vigorously shaking between additions, generous ¼ cup good olive oil. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Lettuce 2.0: In and out of the salad bowl," 16 June 2020

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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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22 Oct 2020

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“Olive oil.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/olive%20oil. Accessed 25 Oct. 2020.

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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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