Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A genus of trees and shrubs, type of the order Oleaceæ and the tribe Oleineæ, known by the oily drupe and induplicate calyx-lobes.

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

  • proper noun (Bot.) A genus of trees including the olive.

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  • proper noun A taxonomic genus within the family Oleaceae — the olives and related trees.

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  • noun evergreen trees and shrubs having oily one-seeded fruits

Etymologies

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Latin olea ("olive")

Examples

  • Thorny small trees and Acacia such as Olea ferruginea, Acacia modesta, and Artemisia maritima, perennial grasses of Poa and Bromus spp., and bulbous plants such as Iris, Tulipa, and Allium spp. are also found on these slopes.

    Baluchistan xeric woodlands

  • In the evergreen forest and scrub a few hundred meters down, the vegetation is dominated by species such as Olea chrysophylla and Tarchonanthus camphoratus.

    Southwestern Arabian montane woodlands

  • We find our way to the olive market, where casts and bowls and pyramids of the black and green fruit of Olea europaea tempt a taste, or the urge to knock something over, which I almost do when a vendor invites me to duck under his shelf to enter his stall and look around.

    Richard Bangs: Why Would Anyone Bomb Jemaa El F'na Square in Marrakesh?

  • We find our way to the olive market, where casts and bowls and pyramids of the black and green fruit of Olea europaea tempt a taste, or the urge to knock something over, which I almost do when a vendor invites me to duck under his shelf to enter his stall and look around.

    Richard Bangs: Why Would Anyone Bomb Jemaa El F'na Square in Marrakesh?

  • We find our way to the olive market, where casts and bowls and pyramids of the black and green fruit of Olea europaea tempt a taste, or the urge to knock something over, which I almost do when a vendor invites me to duck under his shelf to enter his stall and look around.

    Richard Bangs: Why Would Anyone Bomb Jemaa El F'na Square in Marrakesh?

  • We find our way to the olive market, where casts and bowls and pyramids of the black and green fruit of Olea europaea tempt a taste, or the urge to knock something over, which I almost do when a vendor invites me to duck under his shelf to enter his stall and look around.

    Richard Bangs: Why Would Anyone Bomb Jemaa El F'na Square in Marrakesh?

  • Mediterranean species include the nationally threatened wild olive Olea laperrini (V) found above 1,500m on rocky slopes in the Greboun and Tamgak massifs, Rhus tripartita, and Salvia aegyptiaca.

    Aïr and Ténéré Natural Reserves, Niger

  • On humid pseudoglei sands the vegetation includes plantations of cork oak Quercus suber, which carry large heronries, with olive Olea europea, poplars Populus spp., fig with ash Ficario-Fraxinetum angustifoliae and vine with willow Viti-Salicetum atrocinerae communities.

    Doñana National Park, Spain

  • The following distinct tree and shrub communities have been described; Protea caffra; Acacia hereroensis; Olea europaea ssp africana - Pavetta zeyheri; Combretum molle; Buddleja saligna – Rhoicissus tridentata; Salix capensis; Diospyros lycioidis – Rhus pyroides and Acacia karoo – Protasparagus suaveolens.

    Vredefort Dome, South Africa

  • Kopjes hold thick stands of wild sweet olive trees Olea europaea ssp. africana.

    Vredefort Dome, South Africa

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