- 1A small oval fruit with a hard stone and bitter flesh, green when unripe and bluish black when ripe, used as food and as a source of oil: a dish of cauliflower with black olives [as modifier]: a cucumber and olive saladMore example sentences
- 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 small evergreen tree which produces olives and which has narrow leaves with silvery undersides, native to warm regions of the Old World: [as modifier]: an olive grove
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- Olea europaea, family Oleaceae (the olive family). This family also includes the ash, lilac, jasmine, and privet
- 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.
- 4A slice of beef or veal made into a roll with stuffing inside and stewed.More example sentences
- I went off-menu for the main course, choosing the spicy Moroccan casserole of chicken and lamb sausage, while Michael opted for the beef olives filled with haggis and braised in ale gravy.
- On the roof we sat and had the ham and olives rolls that Cristina had prepared.
- English cooks were doing this in the 17th century and calling the result ‘veal olives’, a curious term whose origin is explained under beef olives.
- 5 (also olive shell) A marine mollusc with a smooth, roughly cylindrical shell which is typically brightly coloured.
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- Genus Oliva, family Olividae, class Gastropoda
- 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.
- 6 Anatomy Each of a pair of smooth, oval swellings in the medulla oblongata.More example sentences
- The arterial supply and the microanatomy of the anterior surface of the medulla oblongata and olive were studied in 11 cadaveric specimens
- Transverse section through the medulla at the level of the mid-point of the olive.
- 7A metal ring or fitting which is tightened under a threaded nut to form a seal, as in a compression joint.More example sentences
- 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.
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- 1Greyish-green: a small figure in olive fatiguesMore example sentences
- 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: his full lips and olive skinMore example sentences
- 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.
Middle English: via Old French from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia, from elaion 'oil'.
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