Sweet brier
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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  • true sweet-brier — rūdėtasis erškėtis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Erškėtinių šeimos dekoratyvinis augalas (Rosa rubiginosa), paplitęs Europoje ir pietvakarių Azijoje. atitikmenys: lot. Rosa rubiginosa angl. eglantine; sweet brier; sweetbrier; true sweet… …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Brier root — 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sweet — adj. & n. adj. 1 having the pleasant taste characteristic of sugar. 2 smelling pleasant like roses or perfume etc.; fragrant. 3 (of sound etc.) melodious or harmonious. 4 a not salt, sour, or bitter. b fresh, with flavour unimpaired by rottenness …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sweet — adj. & n. adj. 1 having the pleasant taste characteristic of sugar. 2 smelling pleasant like roses or perfume etc.; fragrant. 3 (of sound etc.) melodious or harmonious. 4 a not salt, sour, or bitter. b fresh, with flavour unimpaired by rottenness …   Useful english dictionary

  • brier — 1. n. (also briar) any prickly bush esp. of a wild rose. Phrases and idioms: brier rose dog rose. sweet brier a wild rose, Rosa eglanteria, with small fragrant leaves and flowers. Derivatives: briery adj. Etymology: OE braeligr, brer, of unkn.… …   Useful english dictionary

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