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briar

noun bri·ar \ˈbrī(-ə)r\

Definition of briar

  1. :  a plant (as a rose, blackberry, or greenbrier) having a usually woody and thorny or prickly stem; also :  a mass or twig of these

briary play \ˈbrī(-ə)r-ē\ adjective


Variants of briar

also brier \ˈbrī(-ə)r\

Origin of briar

Middle English brere, from Old English brēr


First Known Use: 15th century

Other Seed Plant Terms


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briar

noun bri·ar

Definition of briar

  1. :  a tobacco pipe made from the root or stem of a European heath (Erica arborea)



Origin of briar

short for briar pipe, from briar wood of the European heath, from French bruyère heath, from Middle French bruiere, from Vulgar Latin *brucaria, from Late Latin brucus heather, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish froech heather; akin to Greek ereikē heather


First Known Use: 1882

Other Wood Production Terms

Rhymes with briar


BRIAR Defined for Kids

briar

noun bri·ar \ˈbrī-ər\

Definition of briar for Students

  1. :  a plant (as the rose or blackberry) with a thorny or prickly stem



Variants of briar

also brier \ˈbrī-ər\

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