Definition of olive in English:

olive

Syllabification: ol·ive
Pronunciation: /ˈäləv
 
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noun

1A small oval fruit with a hard pit and bitter flesh, green when unripe and brownish black when ripe, used as food and as a source of oil.
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  • Serve as a starter or party opener with dishes of green and black olives, gherkins, a dip with potato chips and a glass of chilled dry Muscat.
  • Add grilled cherry tomatoes, stoned black olives, cavello nero and some fresh basil leaves.
  • To top it all off, dust with sliced black olives and green onions.
2 (also olive tree) The widely cultivated evergreen tree that yields the olive, native to warm regions of the Old World.
  • Olea europaea, family Oleaceae (the olive family). This family also includes the ash, lilac, jasmine, and privet
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  • The olive is an evergreen with foliage of a distinctive silvery-green.
  • Instead they can look forward to suntans, palm trees, olive groves, melanoma and malaria.
  • Garlic is grown in the region and olives are also prevelant.
2.1Used in names of other trees that are related to the olive, resemble it, or bear similar fruit, e.g., Russian olive.
3 (also olive green) A grayish-green color like that of an unripe olive.
4A metal ring or fitting that is tightened under a threaded nut to form a seal, as in a compression joint.
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  • Alternatively, the front bearing assembly could be reversed, with the shaft mounted in the flow straightener hub, and the olive ring and endstone in the inducer hub.
  • The olive seal 25 depends from the underside of the top plate 20.
  • Such olive seals have the advantage of sealing in the inside of the container opening where normally there is to be found an exactly defined sealing surface without damage.
5 (also olive shell) A marine mollusk with a smooth, roughly cylindrical shell that is typically brightly colored.
  • Genus Oliva, family Olividae, class Gastropoda
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  • The blue-winged olive and pale watery populations have suffered similar falls.
  • A large tented olive shell is prominently placed in the center of the composition.

adjective

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1Grayish-green, like an unripe olive: a small figure in olive fatigues
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  • They were young men in olive fatigues who had been caught out in South Lebanon, where they should never have been in the first place.
  • The next day the highly decorated young man wore his ‘Easter Monday’ best of unstarched and well-worn olive fatigues.
  • Men's looks harkened back a decade or more, with safari jackets, a '70s-era glen-plaid shirt jacket and an all-American baseball jacket in olive suede.
1.1(Of the complexion) yellowish brown; sallow.
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  • The man spoke with an outlandish accent, presumably from the desert, judging from his leathery skin and olive complexion.
  • He had dark chestnut brown hair without a receding hairline, and eyes, and his skin had an almost olive complexion.
  • Here among all the blonde hair and fair skin of the Dramarians, my dark brown curls and olive complexion seemed exotic and exciting.

Origin

Middle English: via Old French from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia, from elaion 'oil'.

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