catbrier


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cat·bri·er

 (kăt′brī′ər)
n.
Any of several woody, usually prickly dioecious vines of the genus Smilax, having greenish unisexual flowers, heart-shaped leaves, and usually bluish to black berries. Also called greenbrier, smilax.

catbrier

(ˈkætˌbraɪə)
n
(Plants) any prickly vines of the genus Smilax, such as greenbrier

cat•bri•er

(ˈkætˌbraɪ ər)

n.
any of numerous prickly vines of the genus Smilax, of the lily family, esp. S.rotundifolia, growing in tangled masses. Also called greenbrier.
[1830–40, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.catbrier - 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 berriescatbrier - 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
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Lowbush blueberry (OR=100%) was the most common shrub, and bracken fern (OR=100%) and catbrier (Smilax spp.
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Common understory species include Virginia wildrye (Elymus virginicus), trichloris, Texas wintergrass, knotroot bristlegrass, Texas bristlegrass (Setaria texana), brownseed paspalum, rustyseed paspalum (Paspalum langei), little bluestem, eastern gamagrass, old-man's beard (Clematis drummondii), mistflower (Eupatorium odoratum), and catbrier (Smilax bona-nox).