Definition of sloe in English:

sloe

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Pronunciation: /sləʊ
 
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noun

  • 1 another term for blackthorn.
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    • And by late September, despite Dan's very rudimentary knowledge of tree taxonomy, he could clearly distinguish elders, hazels and sloes not to mention mountain ash and wild plums.
    • And there are some hedges left, and the one we followed for the first mile had a good mix of native species, thorn, elder, holly, hazel, wild rose, gooseberry, sloe and horse chestnut.
    • It connected us with a fruity hedge with brambles, rosehips, sloes, and a hundred yards of elders weighed down with berries.
  • 1.1The small bluish-black fruit of the blackthorn, with a sharp sour taste.
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    • Wild fruit jellies, such as elderberry, rowanberry, sloe or crab apple, also make a great accompaniment.
    • Many fruits were eaten and seeds from excavations tell us that they also had small apples (crab apples) plums, cherries and sloes.
    • We then realised that we had all the sloe fruit left from the gin-making process so decided to go in for chocolate making.

Origin

Old English slā(h), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch slee and German Schlehe, from an Indo-European root probably shared by Latin livere 'be blue' and Croatian šljiva 'plum'.

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