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black·thorn

 (blăk′thôrn′)
n.
1. A thorny deciduous Eurasian shrub (Prunus spinosa) of the rose family, having white flowers and small bluish-black fruits.
2. The fruit of this plant, used chiefly for flavoring alcoholic beverages such as sloe gin. In both senses also called sloe.

blackthorn

(ˈblækˌθɔːn)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: sloe a thorny Eurasian rosaceous shrub, Prunus spinosa, with black twigs, white flowers, and small sour plumlike fruits
2. a walking stick made from its wood

black•thorn

(ˈblækˌθɔrn)

n.
a thorny Old World shrub, Prunus spinosa, of the rose family, having white flowers and small plumlike fruits.
Also called sloe.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blackthorn - a thorny Eurasian bush with plumlike fruitsblackthorn - a thorny Eurasian bush with plumlike fruits
genus Prunus, Prunus - a genus of shrubs and trees of the family Rosaceae that is widely distributed in temperate regions
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.blackthorn - erect and almost thornless American hawthorn with somewhat pear-shaped berriesblackthorn - erect and almost thornless American hawthorn with somewhat pear-shaped berries
Crataegus, genus Crataegus - thorny shrubs and small trees: hawthorn; thorn; thorn apple
haw, hawthorn - a spring-flowering shrub or small tree of the genus Crataegus
Translations

blackthorn

[ˈblækθɔːn] Nendrino m

blackthorn

[ˈblækˌθɔːn] nprugnolo, pruno selvatico
References in classic literature ?
To this end I left the more frequented regions, the wooded valleys, the corn-fields, and the meadow-lands, and proceeded to mount the steep acclivity of Wildfell, the wildest and the loftiest eminence in our neighbourhood, where, as you ascend, the hedges, as well as the trees, become scanty and stunted, the former, at length, giving place to rough stone fences, partly greened over with ivy and moss, the latter to larches and Scotch fir-trees, or isolated blackthorns.
He, indeed, ignorant that the still hour, a cloudless moon, and an open lattice, had revealed to me the secret of his selfish love and false friendship, would have continued smooth and complaisant as ever; but I grew spiny as a porcupine, and inflexible as a blackthorn cudgel; I never had a smile for his raillery, never a moment for his society; his invitations to take coffee with him in his parlour were invariably rejected, and very stiffly and sternly rejected too; his jesting allusions to the directress (which he still continued) were heard with a grim calm very different from the petulant pleasure they were formerly wont to excite.
And thou pratest like a coward," answered the stranger, "for thou standest there with a good yew bow to shoot at my heart, while I have nought in my hand but a plain blackthorn staff wherewith to meet thee.