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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.]


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]


(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]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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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Antioxidant capacity and functionality of oleaster (Elaeagnus angustifolia L.
He was a big man who could be violent and on March 30, 2011, it was decided that he should be transferred to a secure seclusion ward at Oleaster, which is a mental health unit very close to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, so that he would not be a danger to himself and others.
Kalahari, oleaster, mongongo, baobab) oil infusion, the styler delivers superior shine, amazing definition and top-notch restorative properties.
In the short term, officers can help themselves - and the person - by seeking the advice of the Street Triage teams and by taking them to an appropriate place of safety such as the Oleaster centre, rather than A&E departments unless there is a physical health issue which needs treatment.
It has been observed that the varieties of olives most consumed by starling are oleaster Olea oleaster and the variety Chemlal [23].
Removal of trees, shrubs and suckers: oleaster, snieguliczki, blackthorn, hawthorn, rose faldzistolistnej, black cherry and willow trees from being cut and their deportation biomass outside the WPN.
Kingsley, left, 29, suffered a cardiac arrest after being restrained for a prolonged period of time with a towel over his head at the Oleaster Health Unit in Birmingham.
Kadisha Brown-Burrell, Mr Burrell's sister, said that when she visited her brother with his partner, Chantelle Graham, at the QE's Oleaster mental health unit soon after he was first detained he appeared "very stiff" and could hardly move his head, body or shoulders.
In folk medicines, Elaeagnus angustifolia (Elaeagnaceae) is a Mediterranean medicine representative of the family Elaeagnaceae, commonly named oleaster, which is cultivated in north American, Eurasia as far southwards as Malaysia, Australia, northern regions of Asia to the Himalayas and Europe and for centuries in the desert and sub desert regions of western Asia including Iran (32-35).
And in summertime, who but me should be walking the countryside, on holidays, keeping the girls company across fields, upon hill-sides, in those glorious water meadows and coppices, gathering oleaster to make yellow dye, marjoram, honey-balm and common melilot to lay among the clothes?
Elaeagnus pungens is a Chinese herb in the Oleaster family with the common name thorny olive or silverthorn.