Definition of oleaster in English:



  • A Eurasian shrub or small tree cultivated as an ornamental.

    Genus Elaeagnus, family Elaeagnaceae: several species, in particular E. angustifolia, commonly called
    Russian olive
    , which bears edible yellow olive-shaped fruit

    ‘Olives from wild trees (oleasters) were sporadically gathered, in the Near East, by Neolithic peoples about 10,000 years ago.’
    • ‘Additionally, to compare the genetic diversity of laperrinei populations with that of populations belonging to the europaea subspecies, wild Mediterranean olives (oleasters) were characterized.’
    • ‘Anyway, I arrive at my own yard and see my overgrown oleaster hedge in bloom with its teeny-tiny, very un-peony-like flowers.’
    • ‘Its wild relatives, known as oleaster forms, are generally indistinguishable from feral types and constitute a common component of the Mediterranean vegetation.’



/ˈōlēˌastər/ /ˈoʊliˌæstər/


Late Middle English from Latin, from olea ‘olive tree’.