The sloe, which is the blackthorn, comes still earlier and has fewer leaves.
The entire plant is used for much the same purposes as the sloe.
You niver can conquer that, maam, if your own hair was like a sloe, and you tuk me black briony arl the time.
The manufacture of sloe gin is as simple as that of cherry brandy.
The banks of rivers were shaded by thickets of laurel and by the sloe, the original form of the wild plum tree.
It feeds on hawthorn chiefly, but sometimes on sloe, plum, etc.
A Hun's Grave lies there, and the sloe and blackthorn grow luxuriantly among the stones.
Nature, in inventing the wild grape, has been as generous as in her gift of the sloe.
She flashed her teeth at him as she came up, sloe eyes flirting.
The crab has been transformed into the apple, and the sloe into the plum.
fruit of the blackthorn, Old English slah (plural slan), from Proto-Germanic *slaikhwon (cf. Middle Dutch sleeu, Dutch slee, Old High German sleha, German Schlehe), from PIE *sleie- "blue, bluish, blue-black" (see livid).
The vowel has been influenced by that in the old plural form, which according to OED persisted into the 17c. Scottish slae preserves the older vowel. Sloe-eyed is attested from 1804; sloe gin first recorded 1878.