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Definition of Olive


  1. A tree (Olea Europaea) 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; -- so called from the form. See Oliva.
  4. The oyster catcher.
  5. The color of the olive, a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.
  6. One of the tertiary colors, composed of violet and green mixed in equal strength and proportion.
  7. An olivary body. See under Olivary.
  8. A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and cooked; as, olives of beef or veal.
  9. Approaching the color of the olive; of a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.

Olive Quotations

I come bearing an olive branch in one hand, and the freedom fighter's gun in the other. Do not let the olive branch fall from my hand.
Yasser Arafat

I drink too much. The last time I gave a urine sample it had an olive in it.
Rodney Dangerfield

My chances of being PM are about as good as the chances of finding Elvis on Mars, or my being reincarnated as an olive.
Boris Johnson

The combination of olive oil, garlic and lemon juice lifts the spirits in winter.
Yotam Ottolenghi

I made lemon spaghetti in an early season of 'Everyday Italian,' and to this day people still come up to me and say they love it. It's very, very simple. Basically, you cook the pasta and mix together Parmesan cheese, olive oil, lemon juice and zest and pour it over the pasta.
Giada De Laurentiis
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Olive Translations

olive in Dutch is olijf
olive in Finnish is oliivi
olive in French is olive
olive in German is Olive
olive in Italian is oliva
olive in Norwegian is oliven
olive in Portuguese is azeitona
olive in Spanish is aceituna, oliva
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