Definition of hackthorn in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhakθɔːn/


rare South African
  • Any of several shrubs or small trees of southern Africa having hooked prickles, especially the densely spiny blackthorn, Acacia mellifera subsp. detinens. Compare haakdoring , hookthorn .


Mid 19th century. From South African Dutch haakdoorn, with remodelling of the second element after thorn; the first element may perhaps partly reflect folk-etymological association with hack.