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Any of various small trees or shrubs of the family Elaeagnaceae, having olivelike fruit and silvery or brown scales on the stems and leaves, especially one of the genus Elaeagnus, such as Russian olive or silverberry.

[Middle English, from Latin, from olea, olive tree; see oleaginous.]
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1. (Plants) any of several shrubs of the genus Elaeagnus, esp E. angustifolia, of S Europe, Asia, and North America, having silver-white twigs, yellow flowers, and an olive-like fruit: family Elaeagnaceae
2. (Plants) Also called: wild olive a wild specimen of the cultivated olive
[Latin: from olea; see olive, oil]
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(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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Noun1.oleaster - any of several shrubs of the genus Elaeagnus having silver-white twigs and yellow flowers followed by olivelike fruitsoleaster - any of several shrubs of the genus Elaeagnus having silver-white twigs and yellow flowers followed by olivelike fruits
Elaeagnus latifolia, wild olive - erect shrub or climber of India and China with red olivelike fruit
Elaeagnus commutata, silverberry, silverbush, silver-bush, silver berry - deciduous unarmed North American shrub with silvery leaves and fruits
Elaeagnus augustifolia, Russian olive, silver berry - deciduous shrubby tree of Europe and western Asia having grey leaves and small yellow fruits covered in silvery scales; sometimes spiny
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
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His body was found by police in the Birmingham Canal six days after he left the Oleaster Unit in Edgbaston on the morning of October 16, 2017.
CCTV footage from the Oleaster Centre showed staff helping Gary, 41, leave the premises while he was wearing just shorts, a vest and a hospital blanket.
She had been on the Oleaster mental health ward at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, in Edgbaston, for a month where she was being treated for bi-polar disorder whilst awaiting cancer treatment.
Islanders were already eating the fruits of the wild oleao oleaster in 6,000 BC, and by the late Bronze Age they were cultivating olives.
vivipara to Oleaster reticulatus 0.0909 P vivipara to QH411 and FM066 and larval Oreaster 0.1591 P vivipara to Oreaster clavatus 0.1364 P vivipara to valvatid larvae 0.1591 O.
These include sib (apple), sabzi (vegetables), sir (garlic), serkeh (vinegar), sumac (powder), senjed (oleaster) and sikka (coins).
The patient is believed to have attacked an ambulance crew member as she was being transferred from the Oleaster centre in Edgbaston -- a unit run by the Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust -- in the early hours of June 3.
Forklift truck driver Gary Parfitt was last seen alive on the morning on October 16 last year when he left the Oleaster Unit in Edgbaston, 11 miles from home.
Berville, "Genetic diversity and gene flow between the wild olive (oleaster, Oleaeuropaea L.) and the olive: several Plio-Pleistocene refuge zones in the Mediterranean basin suggested by simple sequence repeats analysis," Journal of Biogeography, vol.
Antioxidant capacity and functionality of oleaster (Elaeagnus angustifolia L.) flour and crust in a new kind of fruity ice cream.