from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See blackthorn.
- n. Either of two eastern North American plum trees or shrubs, Prunus alleghaniensis, having dark purple fruit, or P. americana, having yellow or red fruit.
- n. The tart plumlike fruit of either of these plants.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The small, bitter, wild fruit of the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa); also, the tree itself.
- n. Any of various other plants of the genus Prunus, as a shrub or small tree, Prunus alleghaniensis, bearing dark-purple fruit.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A small, bitter, wild European plum, the fruit of the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa); also, the tree itself.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The fruit of the blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, a small bluish-black drupe; also, the fruit of P. umbellata.
- n. The blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, a shrub of hedgerows, thickets, etc., found in Europe and Russian and central Asia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a thorny Eurasian bush with plumlike fruits
- n. wild plum of northeastern United States having dark purple fruits with yellow flesh
- n. small sour dark purple fruit of especially the Allegheny plum bush
Real tea-leaf tea alone contains the restorative they want; which is not to be found in sloe-leaf tea.
And it doesn't hurt that the drink's name also allows for the employment of a stock joke that turns on the fact that most people hear "slow" rather than "sloe" -- the purplish-red berry of the blackthorn bush that gives the liqueur its flavor.
The fruit, called sloe, can be made into a liqueur called sloe gin, of the "fizz" fame, but Ulrike discovered a distillery that makes it into a kind of sherry made of sloes.
The sloe, which is the blackthorn, comes still earlier and has fewer leaves.
The sloe is a shrub common in our hedgerows, and belongs to the natural order Amygdaleae; the fruit is about the size of a large pea, of a black colour, and covered with a bloom of a bright blue.
There are readers who love this kind of sloe eyed, narrow waisted, naval academic excercise in adjectivity.
The third sort was a black berry, not in such plenty as the others, and resembled a bullace, or large kind of sloe, both in size and taste.
The third sort was a blackberry; this was not in such plenty as the others and resembled a bullace, or large kind of sloe, both in size and taste.
A lanky, curly-haired young rebel with a kind of sloe-eyed charm, he’d grown up on a series of military bases where his father, a Marine lieutenant colonel, had served.
There are still some fat, red berries among the hawthorns, though, and blackthorn bushes have their own blue-black berries known as sloes, which make delicious sloe gin.