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olive (fruit)

Definition:

a small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil

Class:

plant noun (plants and fungi)

Plural:

olives

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

olive oil

Etymology:

"olive tree", from Old French olive, from Latin oliva "olive, olive tree", from...
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Wikipedia:

Olive | Olea europaea [species]

a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, native to the coastal areas of the eastern Mediterranean Basin as well as northern Iraq, and northern Iran at the south of the Caspian Sea. Its fruit, also called the olive, is of major agricultural ... (44 of 7186 words, pronunciations, 31 images)

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Olive (disambiguation)

a genus of about 20 species of small trees in the family Oleaceae, and the fruit of those trees Olive may also refer to: Olive leaf, which is used medicinally | Olive (color), a dark yellowish-green color | Olive skin, a type of skin color | Olive, ... (44 of 440 words, 39 definitions)

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Britannica Encyclopedia:

olive [plant]

subtropical, broad-leaved, evergreen tree and its edible fruit. The tree, ranging in height from 3 to 12 metres or more, has numerous branches; its ... (24 of 702 words, 2 images)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/427691​/olive

Wiktionary:

olive | olives [plural] | Olea europaea [species, sense-specific]

An evergreen tree cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean for its fruit and the oil obtained from it. | The small oval fruit of this tree, eaten ripe (usually black) or unripe (usually green). | The wood of the olive tree. | A dark ... (42 of 120 words, 7 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations, 1 image)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/olive

Collins Dictionary:

olive | Olea europaea [species, sense-specific]

an evergreen oleaceous treeof the Mediterranean region but cultivated elsewhere, having white fragrant flowers, and edible shiny black fruits | the ... (20 of 508 words, 8 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/olive

Columbia Encyclopedia:

olive | Olea europaea [species]

common name for the Oleaceae, a family of trees and shrubs (including climbing forms) of warm temperate climates and of the Old World tropics, ... (24 of 382 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0836578​.html

Oxford Dictionary:

olive | olive tree | olive green | olive shell | Olea europaea [species, sense-specific] | greyish-green [synonym, sense-specific] | sallow [synonym, sense-specific]

a 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 | the small ... (30 of 263 words, 10 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/olive

Random House Dictionary:

olive | Olive | olive wood [synonym, sense-specific] | olive branch [synonym, sense-specific] | Olea europaea [species, sense-specific] | of the color olive [species, sense-specific]

an evergreen tree of Mediterranean and other warm regions, cultivated chiefly for its fruit. | the fruit of this tree, a small oval drupe, eaten as a ... (26 of 132 words, 12 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/olive

New World Dictionary:

olive | Olive | Olivia [sense-specific] | Olea europaea [species, sense-specific]

an evergreen tree of the olive family, native to southern Europe and the ... | the wood of this tree | any of various plants resembling the olive | an ... (27 of 132 words, 9 definitions, pronunciations)

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Merriam-Webster:

olive [entry 1, noun] | olivaceous [sense-specific]

a Mediterranean evergreen tree (Olea europaea of the family Oleaceae, the ... | any of several colors resembling that of the unripe fruit of the olive ... (25 of 124 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/olive

olive [entry 2, adjective]

of the color olive or olive green | approaching olive in color or complexion (13 of 26 words, 2 definitions)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

olive | olives [plural] | olive green

[countable] a small black or green fruit that grows in Mediterranean ... | "olive" or "olive green": [uncountable] a dark yellow-green colour (21 of 76 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/olive

olive [adjective]

dark yellowish green in colour | olive skin is yellowish brown in colour (12 of 34 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/olive 7

American Heritage Dictionary:

olive | Olea europaea [species, sense-specific]

A Mediterranean evergreen tree "(Olea europaea") having fragrant white flowers, usually lance-shaped leathery leaves, and edible drupes. | The small ... (19 of 60 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/olive

Cambridge Dictionary:

olive

a small bitter green or black fruit that is eaten or used to produce oil, or an evergreen (never losing its leaves) Mediterranean tree on which this ... (27 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/olive

Encarta Dictionary:

olive | olives [plural]

a small oval bitter fruit with a pit, green when unripe and black when ripe, that yields olive oil | a widely cultivated evergreen tree that produces ... (26 of 108 words, 5 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861634852​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

olive

First use: about 1200

Origin: "olive tree", from Old French olive, from Latin oliva "olive, olive tree", from Greek elaia "olive tree, olive", probably from ... (22 of 59 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=olive

Wiktionary:

olive | olives [plural]

Origin: Old French olive ("olive, olive tree"), from Latin olīva ("olive"), from Ancient Greek ἐλαία (elaĆ­a), from Proto-Indo-European *loiu̯om (compare Old Church Slavonic lojŭ ("tallow"), Old Armenian... (26 of 29 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/olive

Collins Dictionary:

olive

First use: 13th century

Origin: via Old French from Latin oliva, related to Greek elaia olive tree; compare Greek elaion oil

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/olive

New World Dictionary:

olive

Origin: Old French from Latin oliva from Greek elaia | Middle English oliva from Latin, an olive

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/olive

Oxford Dictionary:

olive | olive tree | olive green | olive shell

Origin: Middle English: via Old French from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia, from elaion "oil"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/olive

American Heritage Dictionary:

olive

Origin: Middle English, from Latin olīva, from Greek *elaiwā, elaiā.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/olive

Merriam-Webster:

olive [entry 1, noun]

First use: 13th century

Origin: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/olive

Encarta Dictionary:

olive | olives [plural]

First use: 12th century

Origin: Latin oliva from Greek elaiwa, a variant of elaia "olive, olive oil"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861634852​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Wikipedia:

Olive

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Collins Dictionary:

olive

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

olive | olives [plural]

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olive [adjective]

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

olive | olives [plural]

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olive [adjective]

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Cambridge Dictionary:

olive

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the Free Dictionary:

olive

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Google Dictionary:

olive | olives [plural]

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

olive

Audio: North American pronunciation of "olive"

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YourDictionary Audio:

olive

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freedictionary.org:

olive

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