Definition of blackthorn in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈblakˌTHôrn/


1A thorny Eurasian shrub that bears white flowers before the leaves appear and astringent blue-black fruits. Also called sloe.
  • Prunus spinosa, family Rosaceae.
Example sentences
  • The planting included oak, ash, crab apple, field maple, hawthorn, blackthorn, privet and dogwood and down by the ponds two areas of willows were planted.
  • Shrubs such as hawthorn, field maple, blackthorn, beech, hornbeam and holly make good hedging.
  • The dark purple berries, fruit of the blackthorn, are best after the first frosts because they break down more easily.
1.1A walking stick or cudgel made from the wood of the blackthorn shrub.
Example sentences
  • The muscular man carried a sturdy blackthorn cudgel in the field when supervising the emergency men.
  • His father re-emerged with a blackthorn stick, looking ready to do vicious battle; but when he saw his opponent, he began to laugh.
  • He took his job very seriously, driving couples from the local public houses with his blackthorn stick.

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Syllabification: black·thorn

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