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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 scene in the picture at once shifted to Australia, where, in a pleasant room in Sydney, Uncle Henry was seated in an easy chair, solemnly smoking his briar pipe.
Among his minor peculiarities are that he is careless as to his attire, unclean in his person, exceedingly absent-minded in his habits, and addicted to smoking a short briar pipe, which is seldom out of his mouth.
Never had any children," and again subsided, puffing at his short briar pipe.