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wild olive

noun
1.
any tree resembling the olive in structure or fruit.
Origin of wild olive
1800-1810
First recorded in 1800-10
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Examples from the Web for wild olive
Historical Examples
  • And the prize (after the seventh Olympiad) was a wreath of the wild olive!

  • In front of it is a grove of wild olive trees, where is the stadium.

  • But there was no branch of wild olive flickering across the picture.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • The branch of wild olive had, perhaps, entered into the dream.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • She had seen an angry hand tear down a branch of wild olive.

    In the Wilderness Robert Hichens
  • If Greeks once strove for a crown of wild olive, why not Englishmen for a calabash?

    The Message Louis Tracy
  • See the 1873 edition of the "Crown of wild olive," p. 30, § 27.

  • But there will be no meetings at the wild olive between you and me.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • They trembled, they swayed; they swayed as the wild olive swayed in the wind of the night.

    The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey
  • The mimosa crashed; the sun-dried lop of wild olive was splintered.

    The Pursuit

    Frank (Frank Mackenzie) Savile
British Dictionary definitions for wild olive

wild olive

noun
1.
any of various trees or shrubs that resemble the olive tree or bear olive-like fruits, esp the oleaster
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