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Meaning of OLIVE

Pronunciation:  'âliv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation
  2. [n]  one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish
  3. [n]  hard yellow often variegated wood of an olive tree; used in cabinetwork
  4. [n]  evergreen tree cultivated in the Mediterranean region since antiquity and now elsewhere; has edible shiny black fruits
  5. [n]  small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil
  6. [adj]  of a yellow-green color similar to that of an unripe olive

OLIVE is a 5 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: chromatic, European olive tree, Olea europaea
 See Also: black olive, chromatic color, chromatic colour, drupe, European olive tree, fruit, genus Olea, green olive, Olea, Olea europaea, olive, olive, olive drab, olive oil, olive tree, relish, ripe olive, spectral color, spectral colour, stone fruit, wood



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Ol"ive\, n. [F., fr. L. oliva, akin to Gr. ?. See {Oil}.]
    1. (Bot.)
       (a) A tree ({Olea Europ[ae]a}) with small oblong or
           elliptical leaves, axillary clusters of flowers, and
           oval, one-seeded drupes. The tree has been cultivated
           for its fruit for thousands of years, and its branches
           are the emblems of peace. The wood is yellowish brown
           and beautifully variegated.
       (b) The fruit of the olive. It has been much improved by
           cultivation, and is used for making pickles. Olive oil
           is pressed from its flesh.
    2. (Zo["o]l.)
       (a) Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; -- so
           called from the form. See {Oliva}.
       (b) The oyster catcher. [Prov.Eng.]
       (a) The color of the olive, a peculiar dark brownish,
           yellowish, or tawny green.
       (b) One of the tertiary colors, composed of violet and
           green mixed in equal strength and proportion.
    4. (Anat.) An olivary body. See under {Olivary}.
    5. (Cookery) A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and
       cooked; as, olives of beef or veal.
    Note: Olive is sometimes used adjectively and in the
          formation of self-explaining compounds; as, olive
          brown, olive green, olive-colored, olive-skinned, olive
          crown, olive garden, olive tree, olive yard, etc.
    {Bohemian olive} (Bot.), a species of {El[ae]agnus} ({E.
       angustifolia}), the flowers of which are sometimes used in
       Southern Europe as a remedy for fevers.
    {Olive branch}.
       (a) A branch of the olive tree, considered an emblem of
       (b) Fig.: A child.
    {Olive brown}, brown with a tinge of green.
    {Olive green}, a dark brownish green, like the color of the
    {Olive oil}, an oil expressed from the ripe fruit of the
       olive, and much used as a salad oil, also in medicine and
       the arts.
    {Olive ore} (Min.), olivenite.
    {Wild olive} (Bot.), a name given to the oleaster or wild
       stock of the olive; also variously to several trees more
       or less resembling the olive.
  2. \Ol"ive\, a.
    Approaching the color of the olive; of a peculiar dark
    brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.
Easton Bible Dictionary

the fruit of the olive-tree. This tree yielded oil which was highly valued. The best oil was from olives that were plucked before being fully ripe, and then beaten or squeezed (Deut. 24:20; Isa. 17:6; 24:13). It was called "beaten," or "fresh oil" (Ex. 27:20). There were also oil-presses, in which the oil was trodden out by the feet (Micah 6:15). James (3:12) calls the fruit "olive berries." The phrase "vineyards and olives" (Judg. 15:5, A.V.) should be simply "olive-yard," or "olive-garden," as in the Revised Version. (See OIL.)

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