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In full "Kalamata olive". The fruit of an olive cultivar traditionally grown around the Greek city of Kalamata, having a large size and elongated shape, a purplish-black colour when cured, smooth skin, and a sharp, fruity taste.
Late 19th century (in an earlier sense). From Kalamáta, the name of a Greek city on the southern coast of the Peloponnese, in the department of Messinia.
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