olive

An olive is a very small fruit, although you probably think of it as a savory snack. You might find an olive on a salad, on a pizza, or even on a toothpick in your martini.

Olives are so naturally bitter that they're basically inedible unless they've been treated — cured with lye or salt, and then fermented. In addition to the olives you see in jars on grocery store shelves, olive trees yield an expensive, durable wood; and of course, olive oil. You can also describe the yellowish-green color of an unripe olive as olive. And when someone offers "an olive branch," they are trying to make peace or come to an understanding.

Definitions of olive
1

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

Type of:
fruit
the ripened reproductive body of a seed plant

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

Types:
black olive, ripe olive
olives picked ripe and cured in brine then dried or pickled or preserved canned or in oil
green olive
olives picked green and pickled in brine; infrequently stuffed with e.g. pimento
Type of:
relish
spicy or savory condiment
drupe, stone fruit
fleshy indehiscent fruit with a single seed: e.g. almond; peach; plum; cherry; elderberry; olive; jujube

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

Synonyms:
European olive tree, Olea europaea
Type of:
olive tree
a tree of the genus Olea cultivated for its fruit

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

Type of:
wood
the hard fibrous lignified substance under the bark of trees

n a yellow-green color of low brightness and saturation

Types:
drab, olive drab
a dull greyish to yellowish or light olive brown
Type of:
chromatic color, chromatic colour, spectral color, spectral colour
a color that has hue

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

Synonyms:
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue

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