Smilax rotundifolia
Brier Bri"er, Briar Bri"ar (br[imac]"[~e]r), n. [OE. brere, brer, AS. br[=e]r, br[ae]r; cf. Ir. briar prickle, thorn, brier, pin, Gael. preas bush, brier, W. prys, prysg.] 1. A plant with a slender woody stem bearing stout prickles; especially, species of {Rosa}, {Rubus}, and {Smilax}. [1913 Webster]

2. Fig.: Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings. [1913 Webster]

The thorns and briers of reproof. --Cowper. [1913 Webster]

{Brier root}, the root of the southern {Smilax laurifolia} and {Smilax Walteri}; -- used for tobacco pipes. See also 2nd {brier}.

{Cat brier}, {Green brier}, several species of Smilax ({Smilax rotundifolia}, etc.)

{Sweet brier} ({Rosa rubiginosa}). See {Sweetbrier}.

{Yellow brier}, the {Rosa Eglantina}. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • Smilax rotundifolia — catbrier catbrier n. a very prickly woody vine of eastern U.S. ({Smilax rotundifolia}) growing in tangled masses, having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smilax rotundifolia — catbrier catbrier n. a very prickly woody vine of eastern U.S. ({Smilax rotundifolia}) growing in tangled masses, having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smilax rotundifolia — ID 78828 Symbol Key SMRO Common Name roundleaf greenbrier Family Smilacaceae Category Monocot Division Magnoliophyta US Nativity Native to U.S. US/NA Plant Yes State Distribution AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IA, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI …   USDA Plant Characteristics

  • Smilax rotundifolia — noun a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries • Syn: ↑bullbrier,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Smilax rotundifolia L. — Symbol SMRO Common Name roundleaf greenbrier Botanical Family Smilacaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Smilax rotundifolia L. var. crenulata Small & A. Heller — Symbol SMRO Synonym Symbol SMROC Botanical Family Smilacaceae …   Scientific plant list

  • Smilax rotundifolia L. var. quadrangularis (Muhl. ex Willd.) Alph. Wood — Symbol SMRO Synonym Symbol SMROQ Botanical Family Smilacaceae …   Scientific plant list

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