- 1891, Lizette Woodworth Reese, “Hallowmas” (poem), in A Handful of Lavender, Houghton, Mifflin and Company, page 13:
- You know, the year's not always May —
- Oh, once the lilacs were ablow !
- 1989, Stephen L. Swynn, Garden Wisdom: Or, from One Generation to Another, Ayer Publishing, ISBN 0836905024, page 110:
- […] against the green, yet, growing in tilled soil, grow stronger and taller than any daffodil can grow in turf : hundreds of them are ablow together, and the very robustness of their splendour […]
- (dated, postpositive) Blowing or being blown; windy.
- Like most adjectives formed from this sense of a-, ablow never serves as an attributive premodifier; one can say “the flowers were ablow”, “ablow, the flowers […] ”, and even “ […] the flowers ablow […] ”, but not *“ […] the ablow flowers”.
From a- + blow.
- (Scotland) Below.
a- + blow (“alteration of below”)