Olive Definition

ŏlĭv
olives
noun
olives
An evergreen tree (Olea europaea) of the olive family, native to S Europe and the Near East, with leathery leaves, yellow flowers, and an edible fruit.
Webster's New World
The small, oval fruit of this tree, cured when either green or ripe to be eaten as a relish, or pressed to extract olive oil.
Webster's New World
The wood of this tree.
Webster's New World
Any of various plants resembling the olive.
Webster's New World
A yellow green of low to medium lightness and low to moderate saturation.
American Heritage
Synonyms:
Olea europaeaEuropean olive treegreen-oliveblack-oliveripe olivepitted olivestuffed olive
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adjective
Of the olive.
Webster's New World
Olive-colored.
Webster's New World
Having a dark complexion tinged with this color.
Webster's New World
Designating a family (Oleaceae, order Scrophulariales) of dicotyledonous trees and shrubs with loose clusters of four-parted flowers, including the ashes, lilacs, jasmines, and forsythias.
Webster's New World
pronoun
A female given name.
Wiktionary
Wiktionary
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Other Word Forms of Olive

Noun

Singular:
olive
Plural:
Olives

Origin of Olive

  • Old French olive (“olive, olive tree"), from Latin olÄ«va (“olive"), from Ancient Greek ἐλαία (elaía), from Proto-Indo-European *loiu̯om (compare Old Church Slavonic [script?] (lojÅ­, “tallow"), Old Armenian Õ¥Ö‚Õ² (ewÅ‚, “oil")).

    From Wiktionary

  • Medieval form of the Latin saint's name Oliva "olive"; revived in the 19th century when flower and plant names became fashionable. The surname is topographical, often representing an Anglicization of continental European surnames such as Spanish Oliva.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English from Latin olīva from Greek elaiwā, elaiā

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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