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, 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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  • 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 — Bri er, n. 1. the white heath {Erica arborea}. RHUD. [PJC] 2. a smoking pipe made of the root of the brier[1]. Note: Brierroot seems to have been used formerly as a term meaning root of the {Smilax laurifolia} and is now defined as root of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • brier — brier1 [brī′ər] n. [ME brere (with vowel change as in FRIAR < ME frere) < OE brer, brær] 1. any prickly or thorny bush, as a bramble or wild rose 2. a growth of such bushes 3. a twig of a brier briery adj. brier2 [brī′ər] …   English World dictionary

  • Brier — Briar or brier is a common name for a number of unrelated thicket forming thorny plants, including species in the genera Rosa , Rubus and Smilax .Briar or Brier may also refer to:;Sports * Tim Hortons Brier (or simply The Brier ), the Canadian… …   Wikipedia

  • brier — {{11}}brier (1) thorny shrub, heath, 1540s, variant of M.E. brere, from O.E. brer (Anglian), brær (W.Saxon) brier, bramble, prickly bush, of unknown origin. Briar is the most recent variant (c.1600). Originally used of prickly, thorny bushes in… …   Etymology 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

  • brier — brier1 briery, adj. /bruy euhr/, n. 1. a prickly plant or shrub, esp. the sweetbrier or a greenbrier. 2. a tangled mass of prickly plants. 3. a thorny stem or twig. Also, briar. [bef. 1000; ME brer, OE braer, brer; akin to BRAMBLE] …   Universalium

  • brier — I bri•er or briar [[t]ˈbraɪ ər[/t]] n. 1) pln a prickly plant or shrub, esp. the sweetbrier or a catbrier 2) pln a tangled mass of prickly plants 3) pln a thorny stem or twig • Etymology: bef. 1000; ME brer bri′er•y, adj. II bri•er or briar… …   From formal English to slang

  • brier-wood — noun wood from the hard woody root of the briar Erica arborea; used to make tobacco pipes • Syn: ↑briarwood, ↑brierwood • Hypernyms: ↑wood • Substance Holonyms: ↑briarroot …   Useful english dictionary

  • Cat 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,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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