briar

noun (1)
bri·​ar | \ ˈbrī(-ə)r How to pronounce briar (audio) \
variants: or less commonly

Definition of briar

 (Entry 1 of 2)

botany : a plant (such as a rose, blackberry, or greenbrier) having a usually woody and thorny or prickly stem a thicket of briars a briar patch also : a mass or twig of these

briar

noun (2)

Definition of briar (Entry 2 of 2)

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

Other Words from briar

Noun (1)

briary \ ˈbrī(-​ə)r-​ē How to pronounce briar (audio) \ adjective

First Known Use of briar

Noun (1)

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1882, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for briar

Noun (1)

Middle English brere, from Old English brēr

Noun (2)

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

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

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“Briar.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/briar. Accessed 17 Jun. 2021.

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briar

noun
bri·​ar
variants: also brier \ ˈbrī-​ər \

Kids Definition of briar

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

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