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 for olive branch
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Olive \Ol"ive\, n. [F., fr. L. oliva, akin to Gr. ?. See Oil.]
     1. (Bot.)
        (a) A tree ({Olea Europaea) with small oblong or
            elliptical leaves, axillary clusters of flowers, and
            oval, one-seeded drupes. The tree has been cultivated
            for its fruit for thousands of years, and its branches
            are the emblems of peace. The wood is yellowish brown
            and beautifully variegated.
        (b) The fruit of the olive. It has been much improved by
            cultivation, and is used for making pickles. Olive oil
            is pressed from its flesh.
            [1913 Webster]
     2. (Zool.)
        (a) Any shell of the genus Oliva and allied genera; --
            so called from the form. See Oliva.
        (b) The oyster catcher. [Prov. Eng.]
            [1913 Webster]
        (a) The color of the olive, a peculiar dark brownish,
            yellowish, or tawny green.
        (b) One of the tertiary colors, composed of violet and
            green mixed in equal strength and proportion.
            [1913 Webster]
     4. (Anat.) An olivary body. See under Olivary.
        [1913 Webster]
     5. (Cookery) A small slice of meat seasoned, rolled up, and
        cooked; as, olives of beef or veal.
        [1913 Webster]
     Note: Olive is sometimes used adjectively and in the
           formation of self-explaining compounds; as, olive
           brown, olive green, olive-colored, olive-skinned, olive
           crown, olive garden, olive tree, olive yard, etc.
           [1913 Webster]
     Bohemian olive (Bot.), a species of Elaeagnus ({Elaeagnus
        angustifolia), the flowers of which are sometimes used in
        Southern Europe as a remedy for fevers.
     Olive branch.
        (a) A branch of the olive tree, considered an emblem of
        (b) (Fig.): A child.
     to hold out an olive branch, to offer to make peace (with a
        rival or enemy).
     Olive brown, brown with a tinge of green.
     Olive green, a dark brownish green, like the color of the
     Olive oil, an oil expressed from the ripe fruit of the
        olive, and much used as a salad oil, also in medicine and
        the arts.
     Olive ore (Min.), olivenite.
     Wild olive (Bot.), a name given to the oleaster or wild
        stock of the olive; also variously to several trees more
        or less resembling the olive.
        [1913 Webster +PJC]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  olive branch
      n 1: something offered to an adversary in the hope of obtaining
           peace [syn: peace offering, olive branch]

From U.S. Gazetteer Places (2000) :

  Olive Branch, MS -- U.S. city in Mississippi
     Population (2000):    21054
     Housing Units (2000): 7935
     Land area (2000):     36.193733 sq. miles (93.741334 sq. km)
     Water area (2000):    0.086148 sq. miles (0.223122 sq. km)
     Total area (2000):    36.279881 sq. miles (93.964456 sq. km)
     FIPS code:            54040
     Located within:       Mississippi (MS), FIPS 28
     Location:             34.963007 N, 89.841627 W
     ZIP Codes (1990):     38654
     Note: some ZIP codes may be omitted esp. for suburbs.
      Olive Branch, MS
      Olive Branch

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