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Topic: COLOURS

Date: 1100-1200
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin oliva, from Greek elaia

olive

noun
     
ol‧ive
1 [countable] a small, bitter, egg-shaped black or green fruit, used as food and for making oil
2 [countable] also olive treeHBP a tree that produces olives, grown especially in Mediterranean countries:
3DCBCC [uncountable] also olive green a deep yellowish green colour
4

olive skin/complexion

DCBCC skin colour that is typical of people from countries such as Greece, Italy, or Turkey
5

extend/offer/hold out etc an olive branch (to somebody)

to do or say something in order to show that you want to end an argument with someone
olive adjective:
an olive sweatshirt
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