• WordNet 3.6
    • n sloe small sour dark purple fruit of especially the Allegheny plum bush
    • n sloe wild plum of northeastern United States having dark purple fruits with yellow flesh
    • n sloe a thorny Eurasian bush with plumlike fruits
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Sloe slō (Bot) A small, bitter, wild European plum, the fruit of the blackthorn (Prunus spinosa); also, the tree itself.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n sloe The fruit of the blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, a small bluish-black drupe; also, the fruit of P. umbellata.
    • n sloe The blackthorn, Prunus spinosa, a shrub of hedgerows, thickets, etc., found in Europe and Russian and central Asia. It is of a rigid much-branching spiny habit, puts forth profuse pure-white blossoms before the leaves, and produces a drupe also called a Sloe. (See def. l.) The wood is hard and takes a fine polish, and is nsed for walking-sticks, tool-handles, etc. The wild fruit is aus-tere and of little value; but it is thought to be the original of the common cultivated plum, P. domestica. (See plum, 2.) The sloe, or black sloe, of the southern United States is P. umbellata, a small tree with a pleasant red or black fruit, which is used as a preserve.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Sloe slō the blackthorn, producing white flowers before the leaves, the shoots making excellent walking-sticks: the austere fruit, a good preserve.
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. slo, AS. slā,; akin to D. slee, G. schlehe, OHG. slēha, Dan. slaaen, Sw. slån, perhaps originally, that which blunts the teeth, or sets them on edge (cf. Slow); cf. Lith. slywa, a plum, Russ. sliva,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. slá; Dut. slee, a sloe.


In literature:

Jerry of the twinkling sloe-eyes answered with a quick upturn of the thumb in the direction of the spare chamber.
"The Dew of Their Youth" by S. R. Crockett
That sloe-eyed breed didn't know just where, and apparently didn't care.
"The Prairie Mother" by Arthur Stringer
His sloe-black eyes were prone to snap and twinkle, and his lips to part over dazzling teeth.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
The effect of a couple of large glasses of sloe gin was quickly apparent.
"Simon" by J. Storer Clouston
Her unfaltering eyes, sloe-black in the pale face, never lifted from him.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
The wild sloe grew across the way, so that they had to ride round the bushes.
"What the Moon Saw: and Other Tales" by Hans Christian Andersen
Bushes of the wild sloe here and there blocked up the path, so that they had to ride over them.
"Fairy Tales of Hans Christian Andersen" by Hans Christian Andersen
He went to Italy with the idea that it never rained there, and that oranges grew on the hedges, as sloes do with us.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Vol 58, No. 357, July 1845" by Various
But that's because they never tasted sloe-gin.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
He might have been eating sloes.
"The Madcap of the School" by Angela Brazil

In poetry:

"Who on his back his beard does wear?
Who 'neath his chin his nose does bear?
What's more black than the blackest sloe?
And what is swifter than a roe?
Look out, look out, Svend Vonved.
"Svend Vonved" by George Borrow
Dark were her eyes as the sloe and they called me,
Called me with voice independent of breath.
God! how my heart beat; her beauty appalled me,
Dazed me, and drew to the sea-brink of death.
"The Murdered Lover" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
At times with gentle power,
In visiting some bower,
She scarce will hide the holly's red, the blackness of the sloe;
But, ah! her awful might,
When down some Alpine height
The hapless hamlet sinks before the Spirit of the Snow.
"The Spirit Of The Snow" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
And there to pluck the blackberry, and there to reach the sloe,
How joyously and happily would Love thy partner go;
Then rest when weary on a bank, where not a grassy blade
Had eer been bent by Trouble's feet, and Love thy pillow made.
"A World For Love" by John Clare
And we went down together by paths your childhood knew,
Remote you went beside me like the spirit of the dew,
Hard were the hedgerows still, sloe-bloom was their scanty dower,
You slipped it within your bosom, the bloom that scarce is flower!
"An Idyll" by Padraic Colum
Her name was Maryette Myers, and her age I do not know,
Her cheeks were red as roses, her eyes were black as sloes;
She was loved by all surrounding friends, and some that loved her best,
They called her handsome Maryette, the lily of the west.
"Maryette Myers" by Julia A Moore

In news:

Steven DeAngelo set out to produce a sloe gin before realizing that sloe berries don't grow in his native New York.
Sloe gin's shot at respectability .
Lime juice, Plymouth Sloe Gin, Smith and Cross Rum, Amaro Ciociaro, simple syrup, and honey syrup.
Sloes are about three-quarters of an inch across, purplish blue and related to the plum.
The name derives from its color as does the expression " sloe -eyed".
Sloe gin's shot at respectability.
A couple of weeks ago, I lamented the fact that Plymouth, the U.K.-based gin brand, made a fantastic sloe gin but had no plans to bring it to the US I just received word from Plymouth that the company's plans have changed.
If you don't care for sloe gin in this refreshing warm-weather cocktail, substitute dry gin or vodka.
Sloe gin 's shot at respectability.
Sloe Gin Is Back, but Hold the Fizz .
IT hasn't been easy, in America, to love sloe gin.
The British have long kept supplies of Plymouth's Sloe Gin for themselves, but the cherry-scented liqueur is finally coming to America.
Made by infusing gin with sloe berries, it's perfect for cocktails like a sloe gin fizz.