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n. pl. bry·o·nies
1. Any of various Eurasian tendril-bearing vines of the genus Bryonia, having red or black berries and tuberous roots formerly used as medicine.
2. The black bryony.

[Latin bryōnia, from Greek bruōniā, from bruein, to swell, teem.]


(ˈbraɪənɪ) or


n, pl -nies
(Plants) any of several herbaceous climbing plants of the cucurbitaceous genus Bryonia, of Europe and N Africa. See also black bryony, white bryony
[Old English bryōnia, from Latin, from Greek bruōnia]


(ˈbraɪ ə ni)

n., pl. -nies.
any Old World vine or climbing plant belonging to the genus Bryonia, of the gourd family, with acrid juice having emetic and purgative properties.
[before 1000; Middle English brionie, Old English bryōnia < Latin < Greek: a wild vine]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bryony - a vine of the genus Bryonia having large leaves and small flowers and yielding acrid juice with emetic and purgative propertiesbryony - a vine of the genus Bryonia having large leaves and small flowers and yielding acrid juice with emetic and purgative properties
genus Bryonia - climbing perennial herbs: bryony
Bryonia alba, devil's turnip, white bryony - white-flowered vine having thick roots and bearing small black berries; Europe to Iran
Bryonia dioica, red bryony, wild hop - bryony having fleshy roots pale green flowers and very small red berries; Europe; North Africa; western Asia
vine - a plant with a weak stem that derives support from climbing, twining, or creeping along a surface
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