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[blak-thawrn] /ˈblækˌθɔrn/
a shrub or tree of the genus Crataegus, as C. calpodendron.
a walking stick made of a blackthorn tree or shrub.
Also called sloe. a much-branched, thorny, Old World shrub, Prunus spinosa, having white flowers and small plumlike fruits.
Origin of blackthorn
First recorded in 1350-1400, blackthorn is from the Middle English word blak thorn. See black, thorn Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for blackthorn
Historical Examples
  • They would not let any one cut a blackthorn shoot on Hallowe'en.

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • But when it was he who took the boys for their walk, the blackthorn went too—and was busy.

    Young Blood E. W. Hornung
  • Moreover, blackthorn wore most of the clothes brought by the scullion.

    Children's Literature Charles Madison Curry
  • I had recovered it for him if it were not for that infernal Irishman with his blackthorn.

    By the Barrow River Edmund Leamy
  • But I will be judged by any here, if the scar be not of my blackthorn's making.

  • His success was due to his knowledge of the hare's taste for blackthorn twigs.

    A Shepherd's Life W. H. Hudson
  • One of my ancestors carried a blackthorn, and Miss Belle Fitzgerald.

    Parlous Times David Dwight Wells
  • Colin was standing in the midst of a blackthorn thicket when she reached him.

    Joan of Arc Lucy Foster Madison
  • If it had been a blackthorn stick, it would have hurt you much more.

    Monsieur Cherami Charles Paul de Kock
  • If at such a time you cut a blackthorn, some misfortune will come to you.

British Dictionary definitions for blackthorn


Also called sloe. a thorny Eurasian rosaceous shrub, Prunus spinosa, with black twigs, white flowers, and small sour plumlike fruits
a walking stick made from its wood
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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