oliva definition

  • noun:
    • A genus of polished marine gastropod shells, mainly exotic, and often beautifully colored.
    • Olive-tree gum.
    • In conchology: [capitalized] the standard genus of Olividæ, created by Bruguière in 1789; the olives or olive-shells.
    • Pl. olivas (-väz). Any types of Oliva; an olive-shell. See cut at olive-shell.
    • Pl. olivæ (-vē). In anatomy, the olivary human anatomy of brain.

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