black·​thorn | \ ˈblak-ˌthȯrn How to pronounce blackthorn (audio) \

Definition of blackthorn

: a European spiny plum (Prunus spinosa) with hard wood and small white flowers

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Recent Examples on the Web Hedges, mostly hawthorn and blackthorn, are a distinctive feature of the British countryside. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, "Can Farming Make Space for Nature?," 10 Feb. 2020 Thorny scrub — hawthorn, blackthorn, dog rose and bramble — punched through fields that, only a few years earlier, were maize and barley as far as the eye could see. Isabella Tree, Time, "How to Return a Farm to the Wild—And Maybe Save the Planet," 3 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of blackthorn

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Blackthorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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