green·​bri·​er | \ ˈgrēn-ˌbrī(-ə)r How to pronounce greenbrier (audio) \

Definition of greenbrier

: any of a genus (Smilax) of woody or herbaceous vines of the lily family especially : a prickly vine (S. rotundifolia) of the eastern U.S. with umbels of small greenish flowers

Examples of greenbrier in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Angiosperms, or flowering plants that have seeds enclosed by an ovary or fruit, are broken into monocots (one seed leaf, like grasses, yuccas, greenbrier and palms) and dicots (with two seed leaves, like apples, cherries and dogwoods). Janet B. Carson, Arkansas Online, 15 May 2021 Look instead for greenbrier, honeysuckle, plum, laurel, sumac, blackberry, clear-cuts, browse, and forbs in the woods or natural clearings. Jeff Murray, Field & Stream, 8 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of greenbrier

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

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“Greenbrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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