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  1. (noun, food) small sour dark purple fruit of especially the Allegheny plum bush
  2. (noun, plant) wild plum of northeastern United States having dark purple fruits with yellow flesh
  3. (noun, plant) a thorny Eurasian bush with plumlike fruits

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Alternate forms of Sloe

Hypernyms: bush, plum, shrub, wild plum, wild plum tree

Origin of the word Sloe

  1. "fruit of the blackthorn," O.E. slah (pl. slan), from P.Gmc. *slaikhwon (cf. M.Du., Du. slee, O.H.G. sleha, Ger. Schlehe), from PIE *sleie- "blue, bluish, blue-black" (see livid). Sloe-eyed is attested from 1867; sloe gin first recorded 1895. more

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