black·​thorn ˈblak-ˌthȯrn How to pronounce blackthorn (audio)
: a European spiny plum (Prunus spinosa) with hard wood and small white flowers

Examples of blackthorn in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An archaeological excavation in Cambridgeshire has revealed a sprig of blackthorn, believed to be a hedge remnant, dating from around 2000 B.C. Management of hedges for agriculture continued under various invading cultures: first the Romans, then the Saxons. Kieran Dodds; Text By Peter Ross, Smithsonian Magazine, 22 Oct. 2020 Hedges, mostly hawthorn and blackthorn, are a distinctive feature of the British countryside. Sam Knight, The New Yorker, 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, 3 Oct. 2019

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blackthorn was in the 14th century

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“Blackthorn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

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black·​thorn -ˌthȯrn How to pronounce blackthorn (audio)
: a European spiny plum with hard wood and small white flowers

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