briar


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bri·ar 1

also bri·er  (brī′ər)
n.
1. A Mediterranean shrub or small tree (Erica arborea) in the heath family, whose woody roots are used to make tobacco pipes. Also called tree heath.
2. A pipe made from the root of this plant or from a similar wood.

[French bruyère, heath, from Old French, from Vulgar Latin *brūcāria, from Late Latin brūcus, heather, of Celtic origin; see wer- in Indo-European roots.]

bri·ar 2

 (brī′ər)
n.
Variant of brier1.

briar

(ˈbraɪə) or

brier

n
1. (Plants) Also called: tree heath an ericaceous shrub, Erica arborea, of S Europe, having a hard woody root (briarroot)
2. (Plants) a tobacco pipe made from the root of this plant
[C19: from French bruyère heath, from Late Latin brūcus, of Gaulish origin]
ˈbriary, ˈbriery adj

briar

(ˈbraɪə)
n
(Plants) a variant spelling of brier1

bri•er1

or bri•ar

(ˈbraɪ ər)

n.
1. a prickly plant or shrub, esp. the sweetbrier or a catbrier.
2. a tangled mass of prickly plants.
3. a thorny stem or twig.
[before 1000; Middle English brer]
bri′er•y, adj.

bri•er2

or bri•ar

(ˈbraɪ ər)

n.
1. the white heath, Erica arborea, of France and Corsica, the woody root of which is used for making tobacco pipes.
2. a pipe made of brierroot.
[1865–70; earlier bruyer < French bruyère, Old French < Gallo-Latin *brūcāria, derivative of *brūc- heather]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.briar - Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hipsbriar - Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips
rose, rosebush - any of many shrubs of the genus Rosa that bear roses
2.briar - a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berriesbriar - a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries
genus Smilax, Smilax - sometimes placed in Smilacaceae
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
3.briar - evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipesbriar - evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes
erica, true heath - any plant of the genus Erica
briarroot - hard woody root of the briar Erica arborea
4.briar - a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath
pipe, tobacco pipe - a tube with a small bowl at one end; used for smoking tobacco
Translations

briar

[ˈbraɪəʳ] N
1. (= thorny bush) → zarza f; (= wild rose) → escaramujo m, rosa f silvestre; (= hawthorn) → espino m; (= heather) → brezo m
2. (= pipe) → pipa f de brezo

briar

[ˈbraɪər] n
(= thorny bush) → ronces fpl
(= wild rose) → églantier m

briar

n
(also briarwood)Bruyère(holz) nt; (also briar pipe)Bruyère(pfeife) f
= brier a

briar

[ˈbraɪəʳ] n (bramble) → rovo; (wild rose) → rosa selvatica; (pipe) → pipa in radica
References in classic literature ?
The feeling with which I used to watch the tramps, as they came into the town on those wet evenings, at dusk, and limped past, with their bundles drooping over their shoulders at the ends of sticks, came freshly back to me; fraught, as then, with the smell of damp earth, and wet leaves and briar, and the sensation of the very airs that blew upon me in my own toilsome journey.
Long flourish the sandal, the cord, and the cope, The dread of the devil and trust of the Pope; For to gather life's roses, unscathed by the briar, Is granted alone to the Barefooted Friar.
It may be a very bad attempt at a briar, but briars don't straggle into the middle of roads frequented as that one seems to be--judging by those overdone ruts.
Upon the top of the wall, there were again the marks of badger; and some ravellings of a sack had caught on a briar.
Meantime the well-connected but rustic Mills had been busy lighting his briar and the distinguished Captain sat smiling to himself.
In the dim light of the lamp I saw him sitting there, an old briar pipe between his lips, his eyes fixed vacantly upon the corner of the ceiling, the blue smoke curling up from him, silent, motionless, with the light shining upon his strong-set aquiline features.
And if any man should do wrong, merely out of ill-nature, why, yet it is but like the thorn or briar, which prick and scratch, because they can do no other.
Among his minor peculiarities are that he is careless as to his attire, unclean in his person, exceedingly absent-minded in his habits, and addicted to smoking a short briar pipe, which is seldom out of his mouth.
But there went a report through all the land of the beautiful sleeping Briar Rose (for so the king's daughter was called): so that, from time to time, several kings' sons came, and tried to break through the thicket into the palace.
We had all got into a first-class smoker, and he had already lit the short and charred old briar pipe which seemed to singe the end of his long, aggressive nose.
Bishop Percy, like a knight of old, laid his lance in rest and tilted against the prickly briar hedge that had grown up around the Sleeping Beauty, Romance.
The scene in the picture at once shifted to Australia, where, in a pleasant room in Sydney, Uncle Henry was seated in an easy chair, solemnly smoking his briar pipe.