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]

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