from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A widely cultivated evergreen tree (Olea europaea) native to the Mediterranean region, having fragrant white flowers, gray-green lance-shaped leathery leaves, and edible fruit with oil-rich flesh surrounding a hard stone.
  • noun The small oval fruit of this tree, usually changing in color from green to black as it ripens, used for food and as a source of oil.
  • noun Any of various similar or related plants, such as the Russian olive.
  • noun A yellow green of low to medium lightness and low to moderate saturation.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Elæocarpus cyaneus. Compare olive-nut.
  • noun Notelæa ovata. See dunga-runga and Notelæa.
  • noun The Queensland olive, Olea paniculata. See marblewood, 2.
  • noun The oil-tree, Olea Europæa, cultivated from the earliest times in Syria and Palestine, and thence in remote antiquity distributed throughout the whole Mediterranean region: in recent times it has been successfully planted in Australia, southern California, and elsewhere.
  • noun The fruit of the common olive-tree, a small ellipsoid drupe (the “berry”), bluish-black in color when fully ripe.
  • noun A tree of some other species of Olea, or of some other genus resembling the olive. See Olea, and phrases below.
  • noun The color of the unripe olive; a color composed of yellow, black, red, and white in such proportions as to form a low-toned dull green, slightly yellow.
  • noun Same as oliva, 1.
  • noun A perforated plate in the strap of a satchel or traveling-bag, through which the stud or button passes to fasten it.
  • noun A long oval button over which loops of braid are passed as a fastening for cloaks, etc.
  • noun In anatomy, the olivary body of the medulla oblongata.
  • noun In conchology, an olive-shell.
  • noun In ornithology, the oyster-catcher, Hæmatopus ostrilegus.
  • noun One of various trees of other genera: in Europe, Elæagnus angustifolia, Rhus Cotinus, and Thymelæa Sanamunda (Daphne Thymelæa); in the West Indies, Bontia daphnoides, Ximenia Americana, Terminalia Buceras, and T. capitata; in India, Putranjiva Roxburghii.
  • Relating to the olive; of the color of the unripe olive; olivaceous; of a dull, somewhat yellowish green: also, of the color of the olive-tree, which in general effect is of a dull ashen-green, with distinctly silvery shading.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A tree (Olea Europæa) with small oblong or elliptical leaves, axillary clusters of flowers, and oval, one-seeded drupes. The tree has been cultivated for its fruit for thousands of years, and its branches are the emblems of peace. The wood is yellowish brown and beautifully variegated.
  • noun The fruit of the olive. It has been much improved by cultivation, and is used for making pickles. Olive oil is pressed from its flesh.
  • noun Prov. Eng., Prov. Eng. Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; -- so called from the form. See Oliva.
  • noun Prov. Eng. The oyster catcher.
  • noun The color of the olive, a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.
  • noun One of the tertiary colors, composed of violet and green mixed in equal strength and proportion.
  • noun (Anat.) An olivary body. See under Olivary.
  • noun (Cookery) A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and cooked.
  • noun (Bot.) a species of Elæagnus (Elæagnus angustifolia), the flowers of which are sometimes used in Southern Europe as a remedy for fevers.
  • noun (Fig.) A child.
  • noun to offer to make peace (with a rival or enemy).
  • noun brown with a tinge of green.
  • noun a dark brownish green, like the color of the olive.
  • noun an oil expressed from the ripe fruit of the olive, and much used as a salad oil, also in medicine and the arts.
  • noun (Min.) olivenite.
  • noun (Bot.) a name given to the oleaster or wild stock of the olive; also variously to several trees more or less resembling the olive.
  • adjective Approaching the color of the olive; of a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An evergreen tree, Olea europaea, cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean for its fruit and the oil obtained from it.
  • noun The small oval fruit of this tree, eaten ripe (usually black) or unripe (usually green).
  • noun The wood of the olive tree.
  • noun A dark yellowish-green color, that of an unripe olive.
  • noun anatomy An olivary body, part of the medulla oblongata.
  • noun A component of a plumbing compression joint; a ring which is placed between the nut and the pipe and compressed during fastening to provide a seal.
  • adjective Of a grayish green color, that of an unripe olive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun evergreen tree cultivated in the Mediterranean region since antiquity and now elsewhere; has edible shiny black fruits
  • noun one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish
  • noun hard yellow often variegated wood of an olive tree; used in cabinetwork


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Latin olīva, from Greek *elaiwā, elaiā.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French olive ("olive, olive tree"), from Latin olīva ("olive"), from Ancient Greek ἐλαία (elaía), from Proto-Indo-European *loiu̯om (compare Old Church Slavonic lojŭ ("tallow"), Old Armenian եւղ (ewł, "oil")).


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