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Definition of olive
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. 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
used in names of other trees that are related to the olive, resemble it, or bear similar fruit, e.g., Russian olive. 3 (also olive green) a grayish-green color like that of an unripe olive. 4a metal ring or fitting that is tightened under a threaded nut to form a seal, as in a compression joint. 5 (also olive shell) a marine mollusk with a smooth, roughly cylindrical shell that is typically brightly colored.
- Genus Oliva, family Olividae, class Gastropoda
grayish-green, like an unripe olive:a small figure in olive fatigues (of the complexion) yellowish brown; sallow.