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bri·er 1

also bri·ar  (brī′ər)
Any of several prickly plants, such as certain rosebushes or the greenbrier.

[Middle English brer, from Old English brēr.]

bri′er·y adj.

bri·er 2

Variant of briar1.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.briery - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.briery - having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.; "a horse with a short bristly mane"; "bristly shrubs"; "burred fruits"; "setaceous whiskers"
armed - (used of plants and animals) furnished with bristles and thorns


also briary
Full of sharp needlelike protuberances:
References in classic literature ?
It was at the dawn of day in the merry Maytime, when hedgerows are green and flowers bedeck the meadows; daisies pied and yellow cuckoo buds and fair primroses all along the briery hedges; when apple buds blossom and sweet birds sing, the lark at dawn of day, the throstle cock and cuckoo; when lads and lasses look upon each other with sweet thoughts; when busy housewives spread their linen to bleach upon the bright green grass.
The money looked safe as he cruised to the front six fences from home under Jimmy Derham and turned for home with a clear lead, only to tire and surrender the advantage to Briery Fox approaching the last before rallying to get up again close home to win by a head.
Carrying the colours of Keith and Maureen Watson, and Hexham farmer David Carr, Ardnaclancy brushed aside Briery Hill from two out to land the NPPA Club Members Race with more in hand than the official winning margin of two lengths might suggest.
Frederick Foreman, 55, a bookmaker from Monks Park Way, Longbenton, Ian Dixon, 31, of The Briery, Throckley, and Kevin Curry, 47, of West Road, Newcastle, all deny the conspiracy charge.
He chased home Briery Fox and Nayodabayo at Worcester in a handicap, which was a stiff task for his first try.
Keen to raise children's future aspirations, these companies have been actively working with pupils from Cwm, Waunlwyd, Willowtown and Briery Hill Primary Schools, helping them to learn about what happens in business, what they can expect when they leave school and explaining the different roles and jobs available to them.
Briery Ann looks worth a look in the Quicksilver Messenger Service Novices Chase.
Philip Hobbs' charge may have been a shade fortunate to take the spoils as she was making heavy weather getting the better of Briery Ann until that rival sprawled badly on landing after the third last fence.
Henry Daly was another to get on the scoresheet for the first time at Carlisle when his first runner Briery Ann took the EBF Panacur Guard Mares' Only Novices' Hurdle.
MARK BRADBURNE is still laid up in Scotland with the back injury he suffered at Kelso last weekend, but that did not stop him telling Leighton Aspell how to ride veterans' chase winner Briery Fox.
The Sacred Heart social club, in Briery Hey Avenue, was targeted as it closed in the early hours of Sunday.
The old-timers turned out for the Independent Newspaper Veterans' Handicap Chase, with 11-year-old Briery Fox (5-1) denying 7-2 favourite Out The Black in a pulsating climax.