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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 way through which our hunters were to pass in pursuit of their game was so beset with briars, that it greatly obstructed their walk, and caused besides such a rustling, that Jones had sufficient warning of their arrival before they could surprize him; nay, indeed, so incapable was Thwackum of concealing his indignation, and such vengeance did he mutter forth every step he took, that this alone must have abundantly satisfied Jones that he was (to use the language of sportsmen) found sitting.
Over the moat Will sprang, through the bushes and briars, across the swamp, over stocks and stones, up the woodland roads in long leaps like a scared jack rabbit.
It was damp and smelly, and over- grown with thorns and briars.
Let the wise chief have no cares for his journey," continued Hard- Heart with an earnest solicitude, that led him to forget, for the moment, that others were waiting to address his adopted parent; "a hundred Loups shall clear his path from briars.
On the following day the search was resumed, and the poor fellow was at length discovered lying beneath a group of rocks, his legs swollen, his feet torn and bloody from walking through bushes and briars, and himself half- dead with cold, hunger, and fatigue.
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.
After penetrating through the brush, matted as it was with briars, for a few hundred feet, he entered an open space, that surrounded a low, green hillock, which was crowned by the decayed blockhouse in question.
Don Quixote said that even if it reached to the bottomless pit he meant to see where it went to; so they bought about a hundred fathoms of rope, and next day at two in the afternoon they arrived at the cave, the mouth of which is spacious and wide, but full of thorn and wild-fig bushes and brambles and briars, so thick and matted that they completely close it up and cover it over.
The post, though fast asleep, roused up at the first steps of the three visitors amongst the briars and grass that invaded the porch.
Once upon a time, through a strange country, there rode some goodly knights, and their path lay by a deep wood, where tangled briars grew very thick and strong, and tore the flesh of them that lost their way therein.
Then she fled homeward as quickly as she could, torn and bleeding from the wounds of thorns and briars, but more lacerated in mind, and threw herself upon her bed, distracted.
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.