A spiny shrub, Prunus spinosa, native to Europe. Blackthorns produce a bluish-black fruit that was used in an ink recipe written by Theophilus in De Diversis Artibus (Kuhn 1986).
Synonyms and Related Terms
black thorn; sloe; pear haw
Sources Checked for Data in Record
- Hermann Kuhn, Conservation and Restoration of Works of Art and Antiquities, Butterworths, London, 1986
- Random House, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language, Grammercy Book, New York, 1997
- The American Heritage Dictionary or Encarta, via Microsoft Bookshelf 98, Microsoft Corp., 1998
- Encyclopedia Britannica, http://www.britannica.com Comment: "Blackthorn." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2004. Encyclopædia Britannica Premium Service. 6 May 2004 .