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n.1.(Zool.) A genus of polished marine gastropod shells, chiefly tropical, and often beautifully colored.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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Oliva, general ad interim of the Society of Jesus, my provisional successor.
Jean-Paul Oliva was the actual general of the Jesuits from 1664-1681.
"The certificate of your marriage with Oliva Corsinari, and the register of your child's birth."
"You married Oliva Corsinari in the church of San Paolo del Monte-Cattini; here is the priest's certificate."
Opening another book he saw it was "Palmerin de Oliva," and beside it was another called "Palmerin of England," seeing which the licentiate said, "Let the Olive be made firewood of at once and burned until no ashes even are left; and let that Palm of England be kept and preserved as a thing that stands alone, and let such another case be made for it as that which Alexander found among the spoils of Darius and set aside for the safe keeping of the works of the poet Homer.
Lawyer Rennan Augustus Oliva, chief of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Bohol, said four of the seven tablets seized from Eric John Borja during a buy-bust operation tested positive for illegal drugs.
Poomsae medalists are Darius Venerable (gold in freestyle male individual event), Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Raphael Enrico Mella and Patrick King Perez (gold in authorized male team), Rinna Babanto, Jocel Lyn Ninobla and Aidaine Krishia Laxa (gold in authorized female team), Janna Dominique Oliva (bronze in freestyle female individual) and Jeordan Dominguez, Darius Venerable, Marvin Mori, Juvenile Faye Crisostomo and Janna Dominique Oliva (bronze in freestyle mixed team).
Around 9:30 p.m., Oliva was driving on the 600 block of Villa Street with Garcia as a passenger when they spotted the victim walking in a business parking lot, according to the release.
The case has remained unsolved for decades - however Gary Oliva, 54, a former suspect in the case, is reported to have admitted to 'killing the young girl by accident' in letters sent to old friend, Michael Vail.
In a letter obtained by DailyMailTV, Oliva, a registered sex offender, allegedly wrote: "I never loved anyone like I did JonBenet and yet I let her slip and her head bashed in half and I watched her die.