olive family
Oleaceae Oleaceae prop. n. A natural family of trees and shrubs having berries or drupes or capsules as fruits; the {olive family}; sometimes placed in the order {Oleales}; it includes the olive; ash; jasmine; privet; and lilac.

Syn: family {Oleaceae}, olive family. [WordNet 1.5]


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  • olive family — noun trees and shrubs having berries or drupes or capsules as fruits; sometimes placed in the order Oleales: olive; ash; jasmine; privet; lilac • Syn: ↑Oleaceae, ↑family Oleaceae • Derivationally related forms: ↑oleaceous (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • olive family — the plant family Oleaceae, characterized by trees and shrubs having opposite, simple or pinnately compound leaves, usually small and sometimes showy flowers, and fruit in the form of a berry, capsule, or winged seed, and including the ash,… …   Universalium

  • olive — [äl′iv] n. [OFr < L oliva < Gr elaia] 1. a) an evergreen tree (Olea europaea) of the olive family, native to S Europe and the Near East, with leathery leaves, yellow flowers, and an edible fruit b) the small, oval fruit of this tree, eaten… …   English World dictionary

  • olive — /ol iv/, n. 1. an evergreen tree, Olea europaea, of Mediterranean and other warm regions, cultivated chiefly for its fruit. Cf. 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… …   Universalium

  • Olive — /ol iv/, n. a female given name. * * * Subtropical, broad leaved tree (Olea europaea) or its edible fruit. The olive was being grown on the island of Crete с 3500 BC, and Semitic peoples apparently were cultivating it as early as 3000 BC. Its… …   Universalium

  • olive — I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French, from Latin oliva, from Greek elaia Date: 13th century 1. a. a Mediterranean evergreen tree (Olea europaea of the family Oleaceae, the olive family) cultivated for its drupaceous fruit that is… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • olive — 1. SYN: oliva. 2. Common name for a tree of the genus Olea (family Oleaceae) or its fruit. [L. oliva] inferior o. SYN: oliva. superior o. SYN: dorsal nucleus of trapezoid body. * * * ol·ive äl iv, əv …   Medical dictionary

  • family Oleaceae — noun trees and shrubs having berries or drupes or capsules as fruits; sometimes placed in the order Oleales: olive; ash; jasmine; privet; lilac • Syn: ↑Oleaceae, ↑olive family • Derivationally related forms: ↑oleaceous (for: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Olive Thomas — Born Oliva R. Duffy October 20, 1894(1894 10 20) Charleroi, Pennsylvania, U.S. Died September 10, 1920 …   Wikipedia

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