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olivary

[ ol-uh-ver-ee ]
/ ˈɒl əˌvɛr i /
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adjective
shaped like an olive.
of or relating to an olivary body
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Origin of olivary

First recorded in 1535–45, olivary is from the Latin word olīvārius belonging to olives. See olive, -ary

OTHER WORDS FROM olivary

in·ter·ol·i·var·y, adjectivepost·ol·i·var·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for olivary

olivary
/ (ˈɒlɪvərɪ) /

adjective
shaped like an olive
anatomy of or relating to either of two masses of tissue (olivary bodies) on the forward portion of the medulla oblongata

Word Origin for olivary

C16: from Latin olivārius, from oliva olive
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Medical definitions for olivary

olivary
[ ŏlə-vĕr′ē ]

adj.
Of or relating to the olivary body.
Relating to or shaped like an olive.
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