olive

Definitions

  • "Oliver Twist," 1837, vol. i. ch. xii
    "Oliver Twist," 1837, vol. i. ch. xii
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj olive of a yellow-green color similar to that of an unripe olive
    • n olive a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation
    • n olive one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish
    • n olive hard yellow often variegated wood of an olive tree; used in cabinetwork
    • n olive evergreen tree cultivated in the Mediterranean region since antiquity and now elsewhere; has edible shiny black fruits
    • n olive small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil
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Additional illustrations & photos:

OLIVER M. WHIPPLE OLIVER M. WHIPPLE
ANDREW OLIVER ANDREW OLIVER
ANDREW OLIVER MANSION ANDREW OLIVER MANSION
THOMAS OLIVER AND JOHN VASSALL MANSION THOMAS OLIVER AND JOHN VASSALL MANSION
OLIVER GOLDSMITH'S CHAIR OLIVER GOLDSMITH'S CHAIR
Oliver's bookplate Oliver's bookplate
Dr. Oliver's bookplate Dr. Oliver's bookplate

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: An olive tree can live up to 1500 years
    • Olive (Cookery) A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and cooked; as, olives of beef or veal.
    • Olive (Bot) A tree (Olea Europæa) 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.
    • Olive (Anat) An olivary body. See under Olivary.
    • Olive (Zoöl) Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; -- so called from the form. See Oliva.
    • a Olive Approaching the color of the olive; of a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.
    • Olive One of the tertiary colors, composed of violet and green mixed in equal strength and proportion.
    • Olive The color of the olive, a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.
    • Olive (Bot) 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.
    • Olive (Zoöl) The oyster catcher.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: The decomposition point of Olive Oil is 220 degrees Celsius
    • n olive The oil-tree, Olea Europæa, cultivated from the earliest times in Syria and Palestine, and thence in remote antiquity distributed throughout the whole Mediterranean region: in recent times it has been successfully planted in Australia, southern California, and elsewhere. The olive is of low stature (some 40 feet) with rounded top; the trunk and branches are apt to be gnarled and fantastic, and the leaves are small and lance-shaped, dull-green above and silvery beneath; the general effect is that of an old willow. It is an evergreen, of great longevity and productiveness, and thrives in poor and dry calcareous and sandy soils. Of the cultivated variety (O. sativa) some twenty or thirty subvarieties are recognized. The wild variety (O. Oleaster) has short blunt leaves, the branches more or less spiny, and a worthless fruit. It is native in southern Europe as well as Asia. The olive was anciently sacred to Pallas, and its leaves were used for victors' wreaths among the Greeks and Romans. (See olive-branch.) The value of the olive lies chiefly in the fruit; but its wood also is valuable. Olive-gum or Lecca-gum (oliva) exudes from the bark, and was formerly used as a stimulant, while the bark itself has served as a tonic.
    • n olive The fruit of the common olive-tree, a small ellipsoid drupe (the “berry”), bluish-black in color when fully ripe. It is an important source of oil (see olive-oil) and is also largely consumed in the form of preserved or pickled olives, consisting of the green-colored unripe drupes, first soaked in water containing potash and lime to expel bitterness, and then bottled in an aromatized salt liquid.
    • n olive A tree of some other species of Olea, or of some other genus resembling the olive. See Olea, and phrases below.
    • n olive The color of the unripe olive; a color composed of yellow, black, red, and white in such proportions as to form a low-toned dull green, slightly yellow.
    • n olive Same as oliva, 1.
    • n olive A perforated plate in the strap of a satchel or traveling-bag, through which the stud or button passes to fasten it.
    • n olive A long oval button over which loops of braid are passed as a fastening for cloaks, etc.
    • n olive In anatomy, the olivary body of the medulla oblongata.
    • n olive In conchology, an olive-shell.
    • n olive In ornithology, the oyster-catcher, Hæmatopus ostrilegus.
    • n olive One of various trees of other genera: in Europe, Elæagnus angustifolia, Rhus Cotinus, and Thymelæa Sanamunda (Daphne Thymelæa); in the West Indies, Bontia daphnoides, Ximenia Americana, Terminalia Buceras, and T. capitata; in India, Putranjiva Roxburghii.
    • olive Relating to the olive; of the color of the unripe olive; olivaceous; of a dull, somewhat yellowish green: also, of the color of the olive-tree, which in general effect is of a dull ashen-green, with distinctly silvery shading.
    • n olive Elæocarpus cyaneus. Compare olive-nut.
    • n olive Notelæa ovata. See dunga-runga and Notelæa.
    • n olive The Queensland olive, Olea paniculata. See marblewood, 2.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The olive branch in the eagle's right talon has 13 leaves.
    • n Olive ol′iv a tree cultivated round the Mediterranean for its oily fruit: its fruit: peace, of which the olive was the emblem: a colour like the unripe olive
    • adj Olive of a brownish-green colour like the olive
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Idioms

Olive branch - If you hold out or offer an olive branch, you make a gesture to indicate that you want peace.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. oliva, akin to Gr. . See Oil

Usage

In literature:

Oliver also will I hate, since Oliver is his friend.
"The Book of Romance" by Various
Don't get out, Oliver.
"Sunny Boy in the Big City" by Ramy Allison White
The model resembles the plows of James Oliver, which by 1885 had been widely known and were quite possibly copied.
"Agricultural Implements and Machines in the Collection of the National Museum of History and Technology" by John T. Schlebecker
What was Oliver to him or he to Oliver?
"The Rough Road" by William John Locke
The dove did not bring the olive branch of her own volition.
"Commentary on Genesis, Vol. II" by Martin Luther
She's been visitin' Mrs. Oliver for near a month now, an' she was askin' after Lizzie, too.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
Of Charles Oliver O'Donnell, one of the General's sons, I retain the pleasantest memories.
"As I Remember" by Marian Gouverneur
And Rue had taken the Yellow Devil from the olive-wood box that day and was busily making a pencil drawing of it.
"The Dark Star" by Robert W. Chambers
The Water Moccasin is dull olive with wide black transverse bands.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
Amber eyes, olive skin, and wine-colored lips.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
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In poetry:

A white dove to his window
With branch of olive sped-
He took a ruler in his hand,
And struck the white dove dead.
"The Dove" by Victor James Daley
We checked our pace, the red road sharply rounding;
We heard the troubled flow
Of the dark olive depths of pines resounding
A thousand feet below.
"The Hawk's Nest" by Francis Bret Harte
But Pancha is twelve, and she is the rose-tree;
And I am the olive, and this is the garden:
And "Pancha" we say, but her name is "Francisca,"
Same like her mother.
"In The Mission Garden" by Francis Bret Harte
God bless you, Olive! Even so
God bless your husband! He, if true
To his sweet trust, to me will grow
Only less dear than you.
But should he hurt his tender charge,
Why, hate is hot where love is large.
"The Human Tragedy ACT I" by Alfred Austin
Our olive-groves thick shade are keeping
For these majestic forms"—they cried.
Oh, then we awoke with sudden start
From our deep dream, and knew, too late,
How bare the rock, how desolate,
Which had received our precious freight:
"Over the Sea our Galleys Went" by Robert Browning
O Garden of Gethsemane! “when pressed and sore afraid,”
May I in spirit enter beneath thine olive shade,
And, great though be my anguish, still, like that God-like One,
Submissive say: “Oh Father! Thy will, not mine, be done!”
"The Garden Of Gethsemane" by Rosanna Eleanor Leprohon

In news:

1?2 cup olive oil 2 Tbsp.
1 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil.
1 Tbsp Olive oil 1 small Onion, chopped 1 cup Brown Rice 2-1/2 cups Water 2 Tbsp Cilantro.
Gazette file Western Michigan University east campus entrance at Oliver Street.
An anti-settlement group says Israel is moving forward with plans to build a military college on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives, an area claimed by the Palestinians for a future state and steeped in Jewish and Christian religious lore.
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil.
Murray/The Star-Ledger The spring did not go well for Mets pitcher Oliver Perez.
Earney Oliver "Ozzie" Burrow , 89, of Chattanooga, passed away Wednesday, Nov 14, 2012, in a local health care facility.
At the premiere of Oliver Stone's W. Earlier this week, we asked the cast to put their characters on the couch.
In a large saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in 1 tablespoon of the olive oil.
RB Oliver probable for Saturday.
In a small saute pan add olive oil and garlic.
This "very mellow," "light" tasting oil has an almost sweet "nuttiness" and a "fruity" scent reminiscent of green olives.
5 Surprising Ideas for Good Olive Oil.
Enlarge Matthew Busch mbusch1@mlive.com Chef Oliver Hale is a two time kidney transplant recipient and a participant in the Transplant Games since 1987, athletic games for those who have received transplants.
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In science:

In Van Santen, J., Sproat, R., Olive, J. & Hirschberg, J. (Eds.), Progress in speech synthesis .
Meta-Learning for Phonemic Annotation of Corpora
Olive, Unitary representations of the Virasoro algebra and super-Virasoro algebras, Commun.
VOAs generated by two conformal vectors whose $\tau$-involutions generate $S_3$
Montonen-Olive duality a theory is expected to be conformal.
Marginal Deformations of N=4 SYM and of its Supersymmetric Orbifold Descendants
Olive, Supersymmetry Algebras That Include Topological Charges, Phys.
Generalized Noncommutative Supersymmetry from a New Gauge Symmetry
But there is one ob jection; (my thanks to Oliver Pooley).
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
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