(adjective) of a yellow-green color similar to that of an unripe olive


(noun) a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation


(noun) one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish


(noun) hard yellow often variegated wood of an olive tree; used in cabinetwork

olive, European olive tree, Olea europaea

(noun) evergreen tree cultivated in the Mediterranean region since antiquity and now elsewhere; has edible shiny black fruits


(noun) small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil

Source: WordNet® 3.1



olive (plural olives)

A tree, Olea europaea, 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 yellowish-green color, that of an unripe olive.

(neuroanatomy) An olivary body, part of the medulla oblongata.

A component of a plumbing compression joint; a ring which is placed between the nut and the pipe and compressed during fastening to provide a seal.

(cookery) A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and cooked.

Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; so called from the shape.

(UK, dialect) An oystercatcher, a shore bird.


olive (comparative more olive, superlative most olive)

Of a grayish green color, that of an unripe olive.


• lovie, voile


Proper noun


A female given name from English.

A surname.

(rare) A male given name from English.


• lovie, voile

Source: Wiktionary

Ol"ive, n. Etym: [F., fr. L. oliva, akin to Gr. Oil.]

1. (Bot.) (a) 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. (b) 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.

2. (Zoöl.) (a) Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; -- so called from the form. See Oliva. (b) The oyster catcher. [Prov.Eng.]

3. (a) The color of the olive, a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green. (b) One of the tertiary colors, composed of violet and green mixed in equal strength and proportion.

4. (Anat.)

Definition: An olivary body. See under Olivary.

5. (Cookery)

Definition: A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and cooked; as, olives of beef or veal.

Note: Olive is sometimes used adjectively and in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, olive brown, olive green, olive- colored, olive-skinned, olive crown, olive garden, olive tree, olive yard, etc. Bohemian olive (Bot.), a species of Elæagnus (E. angustifolia), the flowers of which are sometimes used in Southern Europe as a remedy for fevers.

– Olive branch. (a) A branch of the olive tree, considered an emblem of peace. (b) Fig.: A child.

– Olive brown, brown with a tinge of green.

– Olive green, a dark brownish green, like the color of the olive.

– Olive oil, an oil expressed from the ripe fruit of the olive, and much used as a salad oil, also in medicine and the arts.

– Olive ore (Min.), olivenite.

– Wild olive (Bot.), a name given to the oleaster or wild stock of the olive; also variously to several trees more or less resembling the olive.

Ol"ive, a.

Definition: Approaching the color of the olive; of a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green.

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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