from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A green-yellow hue of low to medium lightness and low to moderate saturation.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. a dark brownish green, like the color of the olive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a color that is lighter and greener than olive


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  • I was already wearing my favorite olive green corduroy pants and looking at myself in the mirror, I felt, overall, quite capable of finding this missing NYU coed, at least wardrobe-wise.

    The Double Life is Twice as Good

  • “Mourning never really ends, only as time goes on, as we do our work, it may erupt less frequently,” said the man in an olive green suit, addressing a group of social workers, nurses, and hospice employees gathered in the public library in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.

    The Truth About Grief

  • Any guests had to sleep with Gierman or on the olive green couch in the living room.


  • Reddish grey, sometimes almost olive green in colour, with white blotches and sparse, coarse bristles, the animal has no comeliness, and yet when a herd frolics in the water, rising in unison with graceful undulatory movements for air, and the sunlight flashes in helioscopic rays from wet backs, the spectacle is rare and fine.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Another handsome creature of olive green with blue wavy stripes and spots (FISTULARIS SERRATUS) has the shape of a gar-fish, and to counterbalance a long tubular snout, a slender filament resembling the bare feather shaft of some bird of paradise extending from the tail.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Examining the specimens procured, it was found that they resembled lampreys in shape, olive green in colour, with pale lemon-coloured streaks and marks.

    The Confessions of a Beachcomber

  • Grungy, dirty building, olive green dirty carpets, because we were renting the space.

    Oral History Interview with Stan Gryskiewicz, November 5, 1998. Interview S-0016. Southern Oral History Program Collection (#4007)


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  • Beautiful!

    April 11, 2008

  • Tuscan tongues were set atwitter earlier this spring, when the sultry EVOO heiress ditched her well-meaning but impotent husband Seth, aka Sap Green, for a highly public Sapphic fling with notorious chromatic sexpot, Rose Madder. When Rose transferred her affections from her former flame, lugubrious blonde chanteuse, Sienna, to get herself some of that extra virgin olive love, the breakup was not without rancor. Friends say the singer went from raw Sienna to burnt Sienna almost overnight. She currently sits brooding in her Tuscan villa, nursing her grief with daily infusions of burnt umbrage. Revenge fantasies, involving a Unabomber-style campaign against the Olive Garden restaurant chain, have been largely ineffectual, in part due to the legendary inefficiencies of the local postal authorities, as well as an ingenious new chromatic alert system being implemented by Olive Garden's management.

    The former Mrs Green was unavailable for comment, but her belief that "revenge is a dish best served cold" is a matter of public record. Critics are divided regarding the significance of the recent addition of a new menu item, pasta puttanesca, to the Olive Garden's popular lunch menu. Mr Green has not commented publicly; a spokesperson for the diminutive despot said that he is busy working on a new restaurant venture, tentatively titled Robot Chicken. Industry insiders speculate that it will involve some combination of jerk chicken and a revival of the Automat-style restaurant popular in postwar Manhattan. Tom Brokaw is rumored to have signed on as official spokesbot for the venture.

    Rumors that Green plans to get even with his cheating ex in a tell-all memoir, "The Serpent and the Rainbow", remain unconfirmed.

    April 11, 2008