[ 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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for blackthorn

/ (ˈblækˌθɔːn) /


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
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