Definition of olive in English:
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.
- 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
- 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 metal ring or fitting that is tightened under a threaded nut to form a seal, as in a compression joint.
- 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
- 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.
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1Grayish-green, like an unripe olive: a small figure in olive fatigues
More 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.
- 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.
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