1. A dish of stewed meat of different kinds. [Obs.]
Besides a good olio, the dishes were trifling.Evelyn.
2. A mixture; a medley. Dryden.
3. (Mus.) A collection of miscellaneous pieces.
(Ol"i*to*ry) a. [L. olitorius belonging to a kitchen gardener, or to vegetables, fr. olitor a kitchen
gardener, fr. olus, oleris, vegetables.] Of or pertaining to, or produced in, a kitchen garden; used for
kitchen purposes; as, olitory seeds.
At convenient distance towards the olitory garden.Evelyn.
(||O*li"va) n. [L. an olive.] (Zoöl.) A genus of polished marine gastropod shells, chiefly tropical,
and often beautifully colored.
(Ol`i*va"ceous) a. [L. oliva olive.] Resembling the olive; of the color of the olive; olive- green.
Olivary body (Anat.), an oval prominence on each side of the medulla oblongata; called also olive.
(Ol"i*va*ry) a. [L. olivarius belonging to olives, fr. oliva an olive: cf. F. olivaire.] (Anat.) Like
(Ol`i*vas"ter) a. [L. oliva olive: cf.F. olivâtre.] Of the color of the olive; tawny. Sir T. Herbert.
(Ol"ive) n. [F., fr. L. oliva, akin to Gr. . See Oil.]
1. (Bot.) (a) A tree (Olea Europæa) with small oblong or elliptical leaves, axillary clusters of flowers,
and oval, one-seeded drupes. The tree has been cultivated for its fruit for thousands of years, and its
branches are the emblems of peace. The wood is yellowish brown and beautifully variegated. (b) The
fruit of the olive. It has been much improved by cultivation, and is used for making pickles. Olive oil is
pressed from its flesh.
2. (Zoöl.) (a) Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; so called from the form. See Oliva.
(b) The oyster catcher. [Prov.Eng.]
3. (a) The color of the olive, a peculiar dark brownish, yellowish, or tawny green. (b) One of the tertiary
colors, composed of violet and green mixed in equal strength and proportion.
4. (Anat.) An olivary body. See under Olivary.
5. (Cookery) A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and cooked; as, olives of beef or veal.
Olive is sometimes used adjectively and in the formation of self-explaining compounds; as, olive brown,
olive green, olive-colored, olive-skinned, olive crown, olive garden, olive tree, olive yard, etc.
Bohemian olive (Bot.), a species of Elæagnus the flowers of which are sometimes used in Southern
Europe as a remedy for fevers. Olive branch. (a) A branch of the olive tree, considered an emblem
of peace. (b) Fig.: A child. Olive brown, brown with a tinge of green. Olive green, a dark
brownish green, like the color of the olive. Olive oil, an oil expressed from the ripe fruit of the olive,
and much used as a salad oil, also in medicine and the arts. Olive ore (Min.), olivenite. Wild
olive (Bot.), a name given to the oleaster or wild stock of the olive; also variously to several trees more
or less resembling the olive.
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