Found 2 items, similar to Olive branch.
English → English
Definition: olive branch
n : something offered to an adversary in the hope of obtaining
peace [syn: peace offering
English → English
Definition: Olive branch
, n. [F., fr. L. oliva, akin to Gr. ?. See Oil
(a) A tree (Olea Europ[ae]a
) 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.
(a) Any shell of the genus Oliva
and allied genera; --
so called from the form. See Oliva
(b) The oyster catcher. [Prov. Eng.]
(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.
Note: 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.
(Bot.), a species of El[ae]agnus
), the flowers of which are
sometimes used in Southern Europe as a remedy for fevers.
(a) A branch of the olive tree, considered an emblem of
(b) (Fig.): A child.
to hold out an olive branch
, to offer to make peace (with a
rival or enemy).
, brown with a tinge of green.
, a dark brownish green, like the color of the
, an oil expressed from the ripe fruit of the
olive, and much used as a salad oil, also in medicine and
(Bot.), a name given to the oleaster or wild
stock of the olive; also variously to several trees more
or less resembling the olive.
[1913 Webster +PJC]