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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
olive
noun
COLLOCATIONS FROM OTHER ENTRIES
an olive complexion (=the skin colour that is typical of Greek, Italian, Turkish etc people)
▪ These colours complement an olive complexion.
olive oil
olive (=the colour typical of people from Greece, Italy etc)
▪ a boy with dark eyes and olive skin
olive/lemon/palm etc grove
▪ He owns an orange grove near Tel Aviv.
COLLOCATIONS FROM CORPUS
■ ADJECTIVE
black
▪ It is delicious in salads of onion, tomato and juicy black olives, sprinkled with fresh oregano.
▪ Just taste those black olives, and the feta.
▪ Lunch was a collation of local salami, black olives, spring onions and dark soft rye-bread.
▪ His breath smelt of the black pickled olives she had first tasted on the voyage from Dingle.
▪ Add black olives and tomatoes and simmer sauce vigorously for 4 to 5 minutes to intensify.
▪ Ad a little finely chopped onion, a few black olives, fruity olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.
▪ Huge black olives, fresh from the tree.
green
▪ Garnish with the chopped green olives and serve with brown rice and a green salad.
▪ Garnished with a twist of lemon peel or a single green olive, the martini is one of the more simple cocktails.
▪ To the Alfredo sauce, add the scallions, chopped green olives and taco seasoning mix.
▪ Add chickpeas, green beans, olives, cucumber, feta cheese and basil.
PHRASES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
(extra) virgin olive oil
▪ Azalea Concealed within this attractive storage jar is a litre of the finest extra virgin olive oil from Chianti.
▪ Vegetarians therefore may include a little oil in their cooking, and extra virgin olive oil is the best choice.
▪ We also bought some of the extra virgin olive oil, stored in huge terracotta jars with wooden lids.
EXAMPLES FROM OTHER ENTRIES
▪ Greek black olives
EXAMPLES FROM CORPUS
▪ Add black olives and tomatoes and simmer sauce vigorously for 4 to 5 minutes to intensify.
▪ It is delicious in salads of onion, tomato and juicy black olives, sprinkled with fresh oregano.
▪ Just taste those black olives, and the feta.
▪ Lunch was a collation of local salami, black olives, spring onions and dark soft rye-bread.
▪ Stir in zucchini, garbanzo beans, olives, salt and pepper.
▪ The luncheon table in the little cottage was spread with cheese, olives, sardines and bread.
▪ This is easily remedied, but a new olive may be required.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
olive

Olivary \Ol"i*va*ry\, a. [L. olivarius belonging to olives, fr. oliva an olive: cf. F. olivaire.] (Anat.) Like an olive.

Olivary body (Anat.), an oval prominence on each side of the medulla oblongata; -- called also olive.

olive

colorful \colorful\ adj.

  1. having striking color. Opposite of colorless.

    Note: [Narrower terms: changeable, chatoyant, iridescent, shot; deep, rich; flaming; fluorescent, glowing; prismatic; psychedelic; red, ruddy, flushed, empurpled]

    Syn: colourful.

  2. striking in variety and interest. Opposite of colorless or dull. [Narrower terms: brave, fine, gay, glorious; flamboyant, resplendent, unrestrained; flashy, gaudy, jazzy, showy, snazzy, sporty; picturesque]

  3. having color or a certain color; not black, white or grey; as, colored crepe paper. Opposite of colorless and monochrome.

    Note: [Narrower terms: tinted; touched, tinged; amber, brownish-yellow, yellow-brown; amethyst; auburn, reddish-brown; aureate, gilded, gilt, gold, golden; azure, cerulean, sky-blue, bright blue; bicolor, bicolour, bicolored, bicoloured, bichrome; blue, bluish, light-blue, dark-blue; blushful, blush-colored, rosy; bottle-green; bronze, bronzy; brown, brownish, dark-brown; buff; canary, canary-yellow; caramel, caramel brown; carnation; chartreuse; chestnut; dun; earth-colored, earthlike; fuscous; green, greenish, light-green, dark-green; jade, jade-green; khaki; lavender, lilac; mauve; moss green, mosstone; motley, multicolor, culticolour, multicolored, multicoloured, painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied, varicolored, varicoloured; mousy, mouse-colored; ocher, ochre; olive-brown; olive-drab; olive; orange, orangish; peacock-blue; pink, pinkish; purple, violet, purplish; red, blood-red, carmine, cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red, scarlet; red, reddish; rose, roseate; rose-red; rust, rusty, rust-colored; snuff, snuff-brown, snuff-color, snuff-colour, snuff-colored, snuff-coloured, mummy-brown, chukker-brown; sorrel, brownish-orange; stone, stone-gray; straw-color, straw-colored, straw-coloured; tan; tangerine; tawny; ultramarine; umber; vermilion, vermillion, cinibar, Chinese-red; yellow, yellowish; yellow-green; avocado; bay; beige; blae bluish-black or gray-blue); coral; creamy; cress green, cresson, watercress; hazel; honey, honey-colored; hued(postnominal); magenta; maroon; pea-green; russet; sage, sage-green; sea-green] [Also See: chromatic, colored, dark, light.]

    Syn: colored, coloured, in color(predicate).

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
olive

c.1200, "olive tree," from Old French olive "olive, olive tree" (13c.) or directly from Latin oliva "olive, olive tree," from Greek elaia "olive tree, olive," probably from the same Aegean language (perhaps Cretan) as Armenian ewi "oil." Applied to the fruit or berry of the tree in English from late 14c. As a color from 17c. Olive branch as a token of peace is from early 13c.

Wiktionary
olive

a. Of a grayish green color, that of an unripe olive. n. 1 An evergreen tree, (taxlink Olea europaea species noshow=1), cultivated since ancient times in the Mediterranean for its fruit and the oil obtained from it. 2 The small oval fruit of this tree, eaten ripe (usually black) or unripe (usually green). 3 The wood of the olive tree. 4 A dark yellowish-green color, that of an unripe olive. 5 (context anatomy English) An olivary body, part of the medulla oblongata. 6 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. 7 (context cookery English) A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and cooked. 8 Any shell of the genus (taxlink Oliva genus noshow=1) and allied genera; so called from the shape. 9 (context UK dialect English) An oystercatcher, a shore bird.

WordNet
olive
  1. n. small ovoid fruit of the European olive tree; important food and source of oil

  2. evergreen tree cultivated in the Mediterranean region since antiquity and now elsewhere; has edible shiny black fruits [syn: European olive tree, Olea europaea]

  3. hard yellow often variegated wood of an olive tree; used in cabinetwork

  4. one-seeded fruit of the European olive tree usually pickled and used as a relish

  5. a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation

olive

adj. of a yellow-green color similar to that of an unripe olive

Gazetteer
Wikipedia
Olive (color)

Olive is a dark yellowish-green color, like that of unripe or green olives.

As a color word in the English language, it appears in late Middle English. Shaded toward gray, it becomes olive drab.

Olive (band)

Olive is a trip hop group from London, England. The founding membership consisted of producer, instrumentalist and songwriter Tim Kellett, producer and keyboard programmer Robin Taylor-Firth, and singer Ruth-Ann Boyle. The band has released two albums, the second without Taylor-Firth. Their 1996 single " You're Not Alone" reached number one in the UK singles chart.

Olive (disambiguation)

Olive is 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

The olive, known by the botanical name Olea europaea, meaning "european olive", is a species of small tree in the family Oleaceae, found in much of Africa, the Mediterranean Basin from Portugal to the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula, and southern Asia as far east as China, as well as the Canary Islands, Mauritius and Réunion. The species is cultivated in many places and considered naturalized in all the countries of the Mediterranean coast, as well as in Argentina, Saudi Arabia, Java, Norfolk Island, California and Bermuda.

Olea europeana sylvestris is a subspecies that corresponds to a smaller tree bearing noticeably smaller fruits.

The olive's fruit, also called the olive, is of major agricultural importance in the Mediterranean region as the source of olive oil; it is one of the core ingredients in Mediterranean cuisine. The tree and its fruit give their name to the plant family, which also includes species such as lilacs, jasmine, Forsythia and the true ash trees ( Fraxinus). The word derives from Latinŏlīva ("olive fruit", "olive tree"; "olive oil" is ŏlĕum) a borrowing from the Greek (elaía, "olive fruit", "olive tree") and (élaion, "olive oil") in the archaic form *. The oldest attested forms of the Greek words are the Mycenaean , e-ra-wa, and , e-ra-wo or , e-rai-wo, written in the Linear B syllabic script. The word "oil" in multiple languages ultimately derives from the name of this tree and its fruit.

Olive (magazine)

olive is a modern food magazine published by Immediate Media Co. It was launched in 2003 and is an upmarket, monthly British food magazine featuring recipes, restaurants and food-focused travel.

Tom Parker-Bowles and Rebecca Seal are the magazine's regular restaurant reviewers. Marina O'Loughlin writes a regular travel column and has covered destinations such as Cork, Queens and Naples.

The website was launched in January 2015. It features a regular column by Rhodri Marsden.

Olive (film)

Olive is a 1988 Australian television film about actress Olive Bodill who died of cancer in 1985.

Usage examples of "olive".

He was apparently about thirty years old, with a sallow, olive complexion and fairly good features, but an abnormally high forehead.

There were anchovies and olives and tasteless Mediterranean fish with brown bread and a lobster and hard cheese, all washed down with Aleatico from Elba.

And before she had any time to prepare herself for it, there they stood on the embankment, with the Grand Canal opening resplendently before them in gleaming amorphous blues and greens and olives and silvers, and the tottering palace fronts of marble and inlay leaning over to look at their faces in it, and the mooring poles, top-heavy, striped, lantern-headed, bristling outside the doorways in the cobalt-shadowed water, and the sudden bunches of piles propped together like drunks holding one another up outside an English pub after closing time.

Jerome crossed to one of the tables, where a pitcher of water sat next to a bowl of olives and some fancy glasses, and quickly prepared the aqueous martinis.

He embargoed the export of all agricultural produce, except olive oil, in which Athens was swimming, arguing that the big landowners could not sell their produce in richer markets while fellow Athenians went hungry.

They dined on slivers of artichoke heart drizzled with a peppery sauce of black olives and capers, followed by slices of chicken that had been marinated in lime, coriander, and juniper.

Olive oil, whole-grain pasta, and asparagus decrease the inflammatory gremlins that age your arteries.

Its clothing was singular, to say the leasthigh-topped brogans of black leather, baggy pantaloons and baggier shirt of what looked to be a good-quality cloth in the hue of a dark-green olive, what might have been a broad sword belt cinching the waist, but no visible weapons and no armor except the close-fitting helmet.

Yet I shall not easily be persuaded, that it was the common practice of the Vandals to extirpate the olives, and other fruit trees, of a country where they intended to settle: nor can I believe that it was a usual stratagem to slaughter great numbers of their prisoners before the walls of a besieged city, for the sole purpose of infecting the air, and producing a pestilence, of which they themselves must have been the first victims.

I arrived somewhat early to see if I could be of any help, but Boaty, wearing an olive velvet jacket, was calm, everything was in order, there was nothing left to do except light the candles.

We ordered beer, a mixed antipasto, spaghetti with capers and olives and garlic, and osso bucco from a lithe, young woman who seemed genuinely happy to serve us.

Corunna, coming on deck the following morning, found Marvin bargaining with the bumboat men whose small craft, laden with horse-meat, water kegs and newly-caught marine delicacies such as mussels and squid, were clustered at the waist of the Olive Branch like squash seeds floating beside a segment of their parent squash.

I added rice, and opened plastic tubs of sun-dried tomatoes, green olives, olive oil, and cashew nuts.

I imagined, for a moment, that I had the powers of a cetic and that I could see the wrinkled, ancient Soli through the taut olive skin of his new body, in the same manner one envisions a fireflower drying to a brittle black, or the skull of death beneath the pink flesh of a newborn baby boy.

In the continental patisserie she bought olive ciabatta and date bread and chocolate croissants and several packets of white chocolate finger biscuits.