green·​bri·​er ˈgrēn-ˌbrī(-ə)r How to pronounce greenbrier (audio)
: 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 Some of the most common and favored include ash, aspen, bitterbrush, blackgum, dewberry, dogwood, greenbrier, hickory, honeysuckle, maple, mountain laurel, oak, popular, sagebrush, sumac, willow, and more. Scott Bestul, Field & Stream, 31 Jan. 2023 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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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of greenbrier was circa 1785

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“Greenbrier.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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