1. A thorny deciduous Eurasian shrub (Prunus spinosa) of the rose family, having white flowers and small bluish-black fruits.
2. The fruit of this plant, used chiefly for flavoring alcoholic beverages such as sloe gin. In both senses also called sloe.
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