Definition of sloe in English:

sloe

noun

  • 1

    another term for blackthorn
    • ‘I finished down an arched spine of a ridge, village in view, and sloe tree scrub and birch, menacing fly agaric funghi, and a flashing flock of goldcrests.’
    • ‘Here the hedges are best, not trimmed in brutal tidiness but rampant with hip-laden roses and garlanded by vivid bryony berries; and sprouting pithy wands of elder, strong grey spears of ash and angular spikes of black berried sloes.’
    • ‘It connected us with a fruity hedge with brambles, rosehips, sloes, and a hundred yards of elders weighed down with berries.’
    • ‘The hedges were as yet uncut and were fizzing with little birds, notably bright yellowhammers, and sloes dressed with a dark bloom hung enormous like grapes.’
    • ‘The leaves of tea are mingled with sloe leaves and other abominations.’
    • ‘However there is a sharp, short, climb for starters and woods with dusky sloes.’
    • ‘Along the way you pass little old quarries, thickets and deep sloe hedges, and you might just catch the sound of gunfire.’
    • ‘Other members of the genus include the apricot, peach, sloe, and cherry.’
    • ‘And there are some hedges left, and the one we followed for the first mile had a good mix of native species, thorn, elder, holly, hazel, wild rose, gooseberry, sloe and horse chestnut.’
    • ‘And by late September, despite Dan's very rudimentary knowledge of tree taxonomy, he could clearly distinguish elders, hazels and sloes not to mention mountain ash and wild plums.’
    1. 1.1 The small bluish-black fruit of the blackthorn, with a sharp sour taste.
      • ‘Add the pickled sloes to the cooking juices and warm through.’
      • ‘The bushes ended up covered with sloes; we picked them, of course, bringing back memories of a Christmas tipple we made long ago: sloe gin.’
      • ‘Crab apples were used as were sloes, rose hips and rowan berries.’
      • ‘With aromas of berry fruit, it is a richly textured, pot-pourri of cassis, sloes, eucalyptus and smoky oak.’
      • ‘Unfortunately a field of sunflowers were over, but we had the fruits of autumn, sloe, elderberry and powerfully scented crab apple.’
      • ‘Boil up the fruit, adding one part of tart apples to two of sloes.’
      • ‘Sloe gin is flavored with sloe berries instead of juniper, the flavoring in regular gin.’
      • ‘The hedgerows are rich with fruit, elderberries, blackberries, sloes, hips and damsons.’
      • ‘Many fruits were eaten and seeds from excavations tell us that they also had small apples (crab apples) plums, cherries and sloes.’
      • ‘Here is the recipe I brought home: put half a kilo of sloes in a bottle, add half a kilo of sugar and top up with gin.’
      • ‘We then realised that we had all the sloe fruit left from the gin-making process so decided to go in for chocolate making.’
      • ‘Made with sloes that the du Toits picked I drank their health as they embark on new adventures.’
      • ‘However, there appear to be lots of hips on the dog-rose, haws on the whitethorn and sloes on the blackthorn.’
      • ‘They are called sloes and inside is a fertile seed protected inside a hard stone.’
      • ‘Wild fruit jellies, such as elderberry, rowanberry, sloe or crab apple, also make a great accompaniment.’
      • ‘Fruit stones, apple pips - there were a lot of sloe stones, a fruit which would be very bitter to us.’
      • ‘Hedgerows are dripping with fat juicy sloes, the like of which you'll never find in chillier Scotland.’
      • ‘Felt very country-girl, particularly when we stumbled across some sloes and decided to pick them too to make sloe gin.’
      • ‘Good for the birds, and the sloes good for gin, after a frost.’
      • ‘Last year the business sold 12,000 bottles of sloe gin and 20,000 boxes of sloe liqueur chocolates.’

Origin

Old English slā(h), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch slee and German Schlehe, from an Indo-European root probably shared by Latin livere ‘be blue’ and Croatian šljiva ‘plum’.

Pronunciation

sloe

/sloʊ//slō/