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Olives

[ol-ivz] /ˈɒl ɪvz/
noun
1.
Mount of, a small ridge E of Jerusalem, in what is now Jordan. Highest point, 2737 feet (834m).
Also, Olivet
[ol-uh-vet, -vit] /ˈɒl əˌvɛt, -vɪt/ (Show IPA)
.

olive

[ol-iv] /ˈɒl ɪv/
noun
1.
an evergreen tree, Olea europaea, of Mediterranean and other warm regions, cultivated chiefly for its fruit.
Compare olive family.
2.
the fruit of this tree, a small oval drupe, eaten as a relish and used as a source of oil.
3.
Also called olive wood. the wood of this tree, valued for ornamental work.
4.
the foliage of this tree.
5.
a wreath of it.
6.
any of various related or similar trees.
8.
the ocher green or dull yellow green of the unripe olive fruit.
adjective
9.
of, relating to, or made of olives, their foliage, or their fruit.
10.
of the color olive.
11.
tinged with this color:
an olive complexion.
Origin
1150-1200
1150-1200; Middle English < Old French < Latin olīva, by-form of olea < dialectal Greek *elaíwa olive, olive tree; cf. oil, oleaceous
Related forms
subolive, adjective

Olive

[ol-iv] /ˈɒl ɪv/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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  • After examination the bones were reburied on the mount of Olives.
British Dictionary definitions for Olives

Olives

/ˈɒlɪvz/
noun
1.
Mount of Olives, a hill to the east of Jerusalem: in New Testament times the village Bethany (Mark 11:11) was on its eastern slope and Gethsemane on its western one

olive

/ˈɒlɪv/
noun
1.
an evergreen oleaceous tree, Olea europaea, of the Mediterranean region but cultivated elsewhere, having white fragrant flowers, and edible shiny black fruits
2.
the fruit of this plant, eaten as a relish and used as a source of olive oil
3.
the wood of the olive tree, used for ornamental work
4.
any of various trees or shrubs resembling the olive
5.
  1. a yellow-green colour
  2. (as adjective): an olive coat
6.
an angler's name for the dun of various mayflies or an artificial fly in imitation of this
adjective
7.
of, relating to, or made of the olive tree, its wood, or its fruit
Word Origin
C13: via Old French from Latin oliva, related to Greek elaia olive tree; compare Greek elaion oil
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Word Origin and History for Olives

olive

n.

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.

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Olives in Medicine

olive ol·ive (ŏl'ĭv)
n.
See olivary body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for Olives

olive

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swallow the apple


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Olives in the Bible

the fruit of the olive-tree. This tree yielded oil which was highly valued. The best oil was from olives that were plucked before being fully ripe, and then beaten or squeezed (Deut. 24:20; Isa. 17:6; 24:13). It was called "beaten," or "fresh oil" (Ex. 27:20). There were also oil-presses, in which the oil was trodden out by the feet (Micah 6:15). James (3:12) calls the fruit "olive berries." The phrase "vineyards and olives" (Judg. 15:5, A.V.) should be simply "olive-yard," or "olive-garden," as in the Revised Version. (See OIL.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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