One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A spell of cold weather at the time in early spring when the blackthorn flowers.
- ‘A harsh winter was called blackthorn winter indicating associations with strength against adversity.’
- ‘The blackthorn winter of that particular April was like a metaphor for her whole life: for the end of glamour, financial security and marriage.’
- ‘The white flowers occur before the leaves in what is invariably a bad spell of weather (blackthorn winter).’
- ‘This year we have definitely had a blackthorn winter in Northern England.’
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