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  1. an evergreen tree, Olea europaea, of Mediterranean and other warm regions, cultivated chiefly for its fruit.: Compare olive family.

  2. the fruit of this tree, a small oval drupe, eaten as a relish and used as a source of oil.

  1. Also called olive wood. the wood of this tree, valued for ornamental work.

  2. the foliage of this tree.

  3. a wreath of it.

  4. any of various related or similar trees.

  5. the ocher green or dull yellow green of the unripe olive fruit.

  1. of, relating to, or made of olives, their foliage, or their fruit.

  2. of the color olive.

  1. tinged with this color: an olive complexion.

Origin of olive

1150–1200; Middle English <Old French <Latin olīva, by-form of olea<dialectal Greek *elaíwa olive, olive tree; cf. oil, oleaceous

Other words from olive

  • sub·ol·ive, adjective

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Other definitions for Olive (2 of 2)

[ ol-iv ]

  1. a female given name.

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British Dictionary definitions for olive


/ (ˈɒlɪv) /

  1. an evergreen oleaceous tree, Olea europaea, of the Mediterranean region but cultivated elsewhere, having white fragrant flowers, and edible shiny black fruits

  2. the fruit of this plant, eaten as a relish and used as a source of olive oil

  1. the wood of the olive tree, used for ornamental work

  2. any of various trees or shrubs resembling the olive

    • a yellow-green colour

    • (as adjective): an olive coat

  3. an angler's name for the dun of various mayflies or an artificial fly in imitation of this

  1. of, relating to, or made of the olive tree, its wood, or its fruit

Origin of olive

C13: via Old French from Latin oliva, related to Greek elaia olive tree; compare Greek elaion oil

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