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A small tree (Elaeagnus angustifolia) native to Eurasia and widely naturalized in central and western North America, having narrow silvery leaves, fragrant greenish flowers, and olivelike fruit.
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o•le•as•ter(ˌoʊ liˈæs tər)
a small thorny tree, Elaeagnus angustifolia, with gray-green leaves, fragrant yellow flowers, and oval berries. Also called Russian olive.
[before 1000; Middle English < Latin: wild olive tree]
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|Noun||1.||Russian olive - deciduous shrubby tree of Europe and western Asia having grey leaves and small yellow fruits covered in silvery scales; sometimes spiny|
oleaster - any of several shrubs of the genus Elaeagnus having silver-white twigs and yellow flowers followed by olivelike fruits
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