bram·​ble | \ ˈbram-bəl How to pronounce bramble (audio) \

Definition of bramble

1 : any of a genus (Rubus) of usually prickly shrubs of the rose family including the raspberries and blackberries also : the fruit of a bramble
2 : a rough prickly shrub or vine

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Other Words from bramble

brambly \ ˈbram-​b(ə-​)lē How to pronounce bramble (audio) \ adjective

Examples of bramble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In June 2019, a Guatemalan mother, her toddler son and two other young children died of exposure in a thick bramble near McAllen. Dudley Althaus, San Antonio Express-News, 20 Mar. 2021 This bramble of biological interconnections appears to be reflected in the rich diversity of tastes found within these regional wines. Tom Mullen, Forbes, 28 Feb. 2021 Varrone believes the killer had to be familiar with the area along Ocean Parkway and likely chose it as his dumping ground because, at the time, the land was covered in thick bramble. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, 11 Dec. 2020 The recordings are still cryptic, a hazy bramble of ambience. Sabrina Imbler, New York Times, 10 Nov. 2020 One was a toddler, who would later be linked by DNA to yet another unidentified woman found in the bramble, whom the police would call Peaches, after a tattoo on her body. Robert Kolker, New York Times, 25 Sep. 2020 The trail soon encounters the edge of Munds Canyon, where a series of flowing switchbacks glide off the rim and into green drainages cluttered with brambles and wildflowers that thrive in the moist ecozones. Mare Czinar, azcentral, 22 May 2020 The next morning a railroad worker spotted the girl’s partly clad body in a bramble of ivy. oregonlive, 15 May 2020 Now, if your raincoat is less-than-waterproof for any other reason—like a hole in the sleeve from getting too close to a fire or snags from brambles in the woods—no waterproofing spray is going to save you, there. Rachel Z. Arndt, Popular Mechanics, 28 Feb. 2020

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First Known Use of bramble

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bramble

Middle English brembel, from Old English brēmel; akin to Old English brōm broom

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“Bramble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bramble

US : a rough bush or vine that usually has sharp thorns on its branches


bram·​ble | \ ˈbram-bəl How to pronounce bramble (audio) \

Kids Definition of bramble

: a rough prickly bush or vine usually used in pl. blackberry brambles

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