shaped like an olive.
of or relating to an olivary body

Origin of olivary

First recorded in 1535–45, olivary is from the Latin word olīvārius belonging to olives. See olive, -ary
Related formsin·ter·ol·i·var·y, adjectivepost·ol·i·var·y, adjective
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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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olivary in Medicine




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