Definition of blackthorn in English:



  • 1A thorny Eurasian shrub which bears white flowers before the leaves appear, followed by astringent blue-black fruits (sloes).

    Prunus spinosa, family Rosaceae

    • ‘The planting included oak, ash, crab apple, field maple, hawthorn, blackthorn, privet and dogwood and down by the ponds two areas of willows were planted.’
    • ‘Shrubs such as hawthorn, field maple, blackthorn, beech, hornbeam and holly make good hedging.’
    • ‘The dark purple berries, fruit of the blackthorn, are best after the first frosts because they break down more easily.’
    • ‘I walked down to this viewpoint in early April, when clouds of white blackthorn billowed along the hillside.’
    • ‘The birds love the dense thickets and scrub and clumps of bushes like blackthorn that grow in the older sites of the park.’
    1. 1.1A walking stick or cudgel made from a stem of the blackthorn shrub.
      • ‘The muscular man carried a sturdy blackthorn cudgel in the field when supervising the emergency men.’
      • ‘His father re-emerged with a blackthorn stick, looking ready to do vicious battle; but when he saw his opponent, he began to laugh.’
      • ‘He took his job very seriously, driving couples from the local public houses with his blackthorn stick.’
      • ‘One RUC District Inspector was even wielding his blackthorn stick, the official symbol of his authority.’
      • ‘I cut a stout blackthorn to banish ghost and goblin.’
      club, bludgeon, stick, truncheon, baton, blackthorn, mace, bat