/oh'lee as"teuhr/, n.
an ornamental shrub or small tree, Elaeagnus angustifolia, of Eurasia, having fragrant yellow flowers and an olivelike fruit. Also called Russian olive.
[bef. 1000; ME < L: wild olive tree, deriv. of olea OLIVE]

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also called  Russian olive , or  trebizond date (species Elaeagnus angustifolia) 

      small deciduous tree of Eurasia, about 4.5 to 6 m (15 to 20 feet) high. It has smooth, dark brown branches that often bear spines and narrow, light green leaves that are silvery on the undersides from a covering of minute scales. The flowers are small, greenish, fragrant, and silvery-scaled on the outside, as are the edible, olive-shaped, yellowish fruits, which are sweet but mealy. The oleaster is hardy, wind resistant, tolerant of poor, dry sites, and thus useful in windbreak hedges, but it is also widely used in ornamental hedges.

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  • oleaster — noun Etymology: Middle English, from Latin, from olea Date: 14th century any of several plants (genus Elaeagnus of the family Elaeagnaceae, the oleaster family) having alternate leaves and small often fragrant flowers with four stamens;… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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