[ sloh ]
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  1. the small, sour, blackish fruit of the blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, of the rose family.

  2. the shrub itself.

  1. any of various other plants of the genus Prunus, as a shrub or small tree, P. alleghaniensis, bearing dark-purple fruit.

Origin of sloe

before 900; Middle English slo,Old English slā(h); cognate with German Schlehe,Dutch slee

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How to use sloe in a sentence

  • But hold your tongue for a while, and cast your eye along the valley, and watch the mist gathering on the furze and sloe trees.

  • Thus, at half-past ten, we find her officers drinking the toast of Deutschland unter Alles in sloe-gin.

  • Slender as a young willow, supple as an ash, eyes like the berries of the sloe-thorn.

    Joan of the Sword Hand | S(amuel) R(utherford) Crockett
  • The last red roseleaf had fluttered silently down; the last purple sloe had fallen from its sapless stem.

    Creatures of the Night | Alfred W. Rees
  • I looked, and sure enough he held it in his hand; and then I understood the flash of irony in the sloe-black eyes of him.

    The Master of Appleby | Francis Lynde

British Dictionary definitions for sloe


/ (sləʊ) /

  1. the small sour blue-black fruit of the blackthorn

  2. another name for blackthorn

Origin of sloe

Old English slāh; related to Old High German slēha, Middle Dutch sleuuwe

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