O-le-a'se-e. L. Ole-a + acese, Gr.
oleum, oil - i. e., referring to the oleaginous fruit. Trees, shrubs. Distinguished by stamens 2-4, inserted on corolla; ovary 2-celled, superior; ovules 2 in each cell; calyx and corolla 4-8-cleft, regular; fruit capsule, samara, berry or drupe, often 1-seeded; temperate climates, tropics; tonic, febrifuge, purgative, perfumery (vol. oil), fragrant flowers; hardwood, dye.
Genera: 1. Olea. 2. Fraxinus.