Last modified on 20 June 2014, at 12:58

橄欖

ChineseEdit

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PronunciationEdit


NounEdit

橄欖

  1. olive
  2. Chinese olive

Usage notesEdit

It's easy to confuse the European and Chinese olives, because they're often referred to by the same name. Fortunately, there's little overlap in use: the European olive is packaged for food in brine (it's inedible fresh), or as oil pressed from the fruit. The Chinese olive is dried or candied, or the nuts are eaten. The European olive is foreign and mentioned in the Bible, as well as in the context of the Middle East and Europe, while the Chinese olive is native and East Asian.