variants: or briarroot \ ˈ⸗ˌ⸗ \

Definition of brierroot

: the root of various plants (such as Erica arborea of southern Europe or members of the genera Rhododendron and Smilax of the U.S.) used in the manufacture of tobacco pipes especially : the burl of the brier used in the manufacture of briars

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History and Etymology for brierroot

briar entry 1, brier + root

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“Brierroot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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