bram·​ble | \ˈbram-bəl \

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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brambly \ˈbram-​b(ə-​)lē \ adjective

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Terms to describe the natural world—such as acorn, adder, bluebell, bramble, otter, raven and willow—have been banished to make room for such chilly contemporary words as blog, broadband and bullet-point. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "What to Give: Children’s Books," 15 Nov. 2018 Uriu’s materials vary from rabbit pelts and blackberry brambles to photocopies and realistic drawings. Gayle Clemans, The Seattle Times, "‘The Veil’ exhibition at Bridge Productions spans ideas of what’s seen and unseen," 7 Aug. 2018 Eco-Goats, which offers its services to clear invasive species, overgrown brush and difficult-to-handle plants such as poison ivy, poison oak and brambles, has been in business for about 10 years. Marissa J. Lang, Washington Post, "‘They’re kind of mesmerizing’: These nine goats draw spectators while clearing an overgrown Maryland park," 25 May 2018 The goats will eat the brambles and poop on the lawn; the nutrients will go back into the soil. Nancy Shohet West,, "Need your lawn mowed? Bring on the goats.," 29 June 2018 Crown Gall is a serious bacterial disease that infects and kills grapes, roses, fruit trees, brambles, shade trees, flowers, and vegetables. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "Grow Healthy Food By Identifying + Treating These Common Plant Diseases," 21 July 2015 Magic promotes the encroachment of the brambles, a kind of killer kudzu that puts those who touch it into a death-like sleep. Michael Berry, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of new science fiction and fantasy books, March 18," 14 Mar. 2018 There are luxuriant shots of Douglas firs roiling in the wind, lonesome railroad crossings, and small pools of flashlight glow skidding over tree branches and brambles. Laura Miller, Slate Magazine, "The Twin Peaks reboot is not the fusion of arthouse and mainstream sensibilities that viewers might expect. It’s pure David Lynch—and it’s glorious.," 22 May 2017 Huge brambles of trees, shrubs, vines, fallen debris, and garbage create blockages throughout central San Jose. Mercury News Readers, The Mercury News, "May 4 Letters: Don’t ruin precious creeks in name of flood protection," 3 May 2017

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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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The first known use of bramble was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of bramble

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


bram·​ble | \ˈbram-bəl \

Kids Definition of bramble

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

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