Definitions

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  • n. Any of the genus Phillyrea of evergreen plants with an olive-like fruit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A genus of evergreen plants growing along the shores of the Mediterranean, and breading a fruit resembling that of the olive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A plant-genus of the gamopetalous order Oleaceæ and the tribe Oleineæ, distinguished by broad imbricated corollalobes, and a drupe with a thin stone.

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

  • n. small genus of evergreen shrubs of the Mediterranean region

Etymologies

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From the genus name.

Examples

  • The architectural garden should contain standard rose trees, almond trees, double-blossomed peaches and cherries, the Chinese magnolia, or yulan tree, and other showy-flowering trees, planted in company with arbutus, phillyrea, Minorca box, and other evergreens of a similar character.

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