Definition of blackthorn in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈblakθɔːn


  • 1A thorny Eurasian shrub which bears white flowers before the leaves appear, followed by astringent blue-black fruits (sloes). Also called sloe.
    • Prunus spinosa, family Rosaceae
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    • 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 a stem of the blackthorn shrub.
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    • 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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