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  • Olivascent is observed in the predominantly biological literature particularly in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The variant, olivescent, has appeared in the literature since the inception of the Twentieth Century. Solely "olivescent" appears in contemporary dictionaries. An example of a publication in which the word "olivascent" appears is Proceedings of the Zoological Society of London 23: 84 (1885). An excerpt from that source is, "...with the back black and the uropygium olivascent,...

    October 8, 2011