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Olivaceous

[ah-lə-VAY-shus]

Part of speech: adjective

Origin: Latin, 1770s

1.

Of a dusky yellowish green color; olive green.

Examples of Olivaceous in a sentence

"Sometimes Kermit the Frog appears olivaceous, while other times he is a bright kelly green."

"The warbler was a dusky, olivaceous color."

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About Olivaceous

This word originated from the Latin word “olīvāceus,” from a combination of the words “olīv(a)” (olive) and “aceous” (the nature of).

Did you Know?

Olivaceous describes an olive green, deeper than grass green. Olive trees are native to Asia Minor, but have spread throughout the Middle East and the Mediterranean. This evergreen is the world’s oldest-known cultivated tree, known for being grown by farmers before the onset of written language.

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