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[ol-uh-ver-ee] /ˈɒl əˌvɛr i/

shaped like an olive.
of or relating to an .
shaped like an olive
(anatomy) of or relating to either of two masses of tissue (olivary bodies) on the forward portion of the medulla oblongata

olivary ol·i·var·y (ŏl’ə-věr’ē)


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