sloe

noun
\ ˈslō How to pronounce sloe (audio) \

Definition of sloe

: the small dark globose astringent fruit of the blackthorn also : blackthorn

First Known Use of sloe

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sloe

Middle English slo, from Old English slāh; akin to Old High German slēha sloe and probably to Russian sliva plum — more at livid

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“Sloe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sloe. Accessed 18 Jan. 2021.

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