American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. See blackthorn.
- n. Either of two eastern North American plum trees or shrubs, Prunus alleghaniensis, having dark purple fruit, or P. americana, having yellow or red fruit.
- n. The tart plumlike fruit of either of these plants.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of the blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, a small bluish-black drupe; also, the fruit of P. umbellata.
- n. The blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, a shrub of hedgerows, thickets, etc., found in Europe and Russian and central Asia. It is of a rigid much-branching spiny habit, puts forth profuse pure-white blossoms before the leaves, and produces a drupe also called a Sloe. (See def. l.) The wood is hard and takes a fine polish, and is nsed for walking-sticks, tool-handles, etc. The wild fruit is aus-tere and of little value; but it is thought to be the original of the common cultivated plum, P. domestica. (See
plum, 2.) The sloe, or black sloe, of the southern United States is P. umbellata, a small tree with a pleasant red or black fruit, which is used as a preserve.
- n. The small, bitter, wild fruit of the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa); also, the tree itself.
- n. Any of various other plants of the genus Prunus, as a shrub or small tree, Prunus alleghaniensis, bearing dark-purple fruit.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Bot.) A small, bitter, wild European plum, the fruit of the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa); also, the tree itself.
- n. a thorny Eurasian bush with plumlike fruits
- n. wild plum of northeastern United States having dark purple fruits with yellow flesh
- n. small sour dark purple fruit of especially the Allegheny plum bush
- From Old English slāh, from Proto-Germanic *slaihwō. Cognate with Danish slåen, Dutch slee, German Schlehe and perhaps with Russian слива (sliva, "plum"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English slo, from Old English slā. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Real tea-leaf tea alone contains the restorative they want; which is not to be found in sloe-leaf tea.”
“And it doesn't hurt that the drink's name also allows for the employment of a stock joke that turns on the fact that most people hear "slow" rather than "sloe" -- the purplish-red berry of the blackthorn bush that gives the liqueur its flavor.”
“The fruit, called sloe, can be made into a liqueur called sloe gin, of the "fizz" fame, but Ulrike discovered a distillery that makes it into a kind of sherry made of sloes.”
“The sloe, which is the blackthorn, comes still earlier and has fewer leaves.”
“The sloe is a shrub common in our hedgerows, and belongs to the natural order Amygdaleae; the fruit is about the size of a large pea, of a black colour, and covered with a bloom of a bright blue.”
“There are readers who love this kind of sloe eyed, narrow waisted, naval academic excercise in adjectivity.”
“The third sort was a black berry, not in such plenty as the others, and resembled a bullace, or large kind of sloe, both in size and taste.”
“The third sort was a blackberry; this was not in such plenty as the others and resembled a bullace, or large kind of sloe, both in size and taste.”
“A lanky, curly-haired young rebel with a kind of sloe-eyed charm, he’d grown up on a series of military bases where his father, a Marine lieutenant colonel, had served.”
“There are still some fat, red berries among the hawthorns, though, and blackthorn bushes have their own blue-black berries known as sloes, which make delicious sloe gin.”
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