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bri·ar 1also bri·er (brī′ər)
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.]
Variant of brier1.
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
(Plants) a variant spelling of brier1
or bri•ar(ˈbraɪ ər)
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]
or bri•ar(ˈbraɪ ər)
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]
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|Noun||1.||briar - Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips|
|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 berries|
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 pipes|
briarroot - hard woody root of the briar Erica arborea
|4.||briar - a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath|