Sloes

sloe

[sloh]
noun
1.
the small, sour, blackish fruit of the blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, of the rose family.
2.
the shrub itself.
3.
any of various other plants of the genus Prunus, as a shrub or small tree, P. alleghaniensis, bearing dark-purple fruit.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English slo, Old English slā(h); cognate with German Schlehe, Dutch slee

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sloe (sləʊ)
 
n
1.  the small sour blue-black fruit of the blackthorn
2.  another name for blackthorn
 
[Old English slāh; related to Old High German slēha, Middle Dutch sleuuwe]

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sloe
"fruit of the blackthorn," O.E. slah (pl. slan), from P.Gmc. *slaikhwon (cf. M.Du., Du. slee, O.H.G. sleha, Ger. Schlehe), from PIE *sleie- "blue, bluish, blue-black" (see livid). Sloe-eyed is attested from 1867; sloe gin first recorded 1895.
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