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bri·er 1also bri·ar (brī′ər)
Any of several prickly plants, such as certain rosebushes or the greenbrier.
[Middle English brer, from Old English brēr.]
Variant of briar1.
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(Plants) any of various thorny shrubs or other plants, such as the sweetbrier and greenbrier
[Old English brēr, brǣr, of obscure origin]
ˈbriery, ˈbriary adj
(Plants) a variant spelling of briar1
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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.||brier - tangled mass of prickly plants|
|2.||brier - a thorny stem or twig|
|3.||brier - Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips|
|4.||brier - 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
|5.||brier - 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
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