from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A branch of an olive tree regarded as an emblem of peace.
- noun An offer of peace.
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- noun Used other than as an idiom: A
branchof an olivetree.
- noun Such a branch offered as an
- noun Any
symbolof peace, or peace offeringto an adversaryto show good willand in the hopeof securing peace.
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- noun something offered to an adversary in the hope of obtaining peace
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With reference to classical myth, where the olivebranch was a symbol of peace and prosperity, merging with Biblical allusion to Genesis 8:11, where a dove returns to Noah's ark as a sign that the Flood is subsiding.
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