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

Examples of bramble in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "This forested hike south of Flagstaff has room to spread out. Here's how to try it.," 22 May 2020 The next morning a railroad worker spotted the girl’s partly clad body in a bramble of ivy. oregonlive, "Who’s on Oregon’s death row: 27 men; 2 others held elsewhere," 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, "Don't Toss Your Old Raincoat, Make It Waterproof (Again)," 28 Feb. 2020 My grandmother lived an hour and a half from Seattle, with a dozen head of cattle, pigs, rabbits, vegetable gardens, and blackberry brambles. New York Times, "‘The Adventurer’s Son,’ by Roman Dial: An Excerpt," 18 Feb. 2020 So grab a shotgun and work over every tangle of hedgerow brush and field-edge bramble, and stomp on every pile of timber slash. T. Edward Nickens, Field & Stream, "How to Hunt Winter Rabbits without Dogs," 3 Feb. 2020 But its story is a bramble of convoluted plot points and florid, unconvincing dialogue. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "The best movies that came out of the 2020 Sundance Film Festival," 5 Feb. 2020 The path to Cho’s cardamom wove upward through waist-high brambles that scratched at my bare legs. National Geographic, "This Vietnamese national park is a spice lover’s dream," 18 Jan. 2020 Reports of a Bigfoot-like creature wandering the thickets and brambles have also been a constant theme throughout the years. Steve Annear,, "FX creating series based on ‘Bridgewater Triangle,’ an alleged hotbed of paranormal activity," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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26 May 2020

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“Bramble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bramble

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


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Kids Definition of bramble

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

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