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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

less commonly

\ˈbrī(-ə)r\

Origin and Etymology of briar

Middle English brere, from Old English brēr


First Known Use: 15th century

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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 and Etymology 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

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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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