noun (plural -nies) Etymology: Middle English, from Latin bryonia, from Greek bryōnia; akin to Greek bryein Date: 14th century any of a genus (Bryonia) of tendril-bearing vines of the gourd family with large leaves and red or black fruit

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  • Bryony — Bry o*ny (br[imac] [ o]*n[y^]), n. [L. bryonia, Gr. brywni a, fr. bry ein to swell, esp. of plants.] (Bot.) The common name of several cucurbitaceous plants of the genus {Bryonia}. The root of {Bryonia alba} ({rough bryony} or {white bryony}) and …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bryony — f English: from the name of the plant (Greek bryonia). This is one of a more recently coined (20th century) batch of names taken from vocabulary words denoting flowers. Variant: Briony …   First names dictionary

  • bryony — ► NOUN (pl. bryonies) ▪ a climbing hedgerow plant with red berries. ORIGIN Greek bru nia …   English terms dictionary

  • bryony — [brī′ə nē] n. pl. bryonies [L bryonia < Gr bryōnia < bryein: see BRYOLOGY] any of a genus (Bryonia) of perennial vines of the gourd family with large fleshy roots and greenish flowers …   English World dictionary

  • Bryony — This article is for plants in genus Bryonia. See also Black Bryony .Taxobox name = Bryonia image width = 250px image caption = Bryonia alba (white briony) regnum = Plantae divisio = Magnoliophyta classis = Magnoliopsida ordo = Cucurbitales… …   Wikipedia

  • bryony — /bruy euh nee/, n., pl. bryonies. any Old World vine or climbing plant belonging to the genus Bryonia, of the gourd family, yielding acrid juice having emetic and purgative properties. Also, briony. [bef. 1000; ME brionie, OE bryonia < L < Gk: a… …   Universalium

  • bryony — [ brʌɪəni] noun (plural bryonies) a climbing hedgerow plant with red berries. [Bryonia dioica (white bryony) and Tamus communis (black bryony).] Origin OE, via L. from Gk bruōnia …   English new terms dictionary

  • bryony — /ˈbraɪəni/ (say bruyuhnee) noun (plural bryonies) 1. any plant of the genus Bryonia or related genera of the family Cucurbitaceae, comprising vines or climbers with acrid juice and emetic and purgative properties, as white bryony, Bryonia dioica …   Australian English dictionary

  • bryony — brienė statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Moliūginių (Cucurbitaceae) šeimos augalų gentis (Bryonia). atitikmenys: lot. Bryonia angl. bryony vok. Zaunrübe rus. бриония; переступень lenk. przestęp …   Dekoratyvinių augalų vardynas

  • bryony — n. (pl. ies) any climbing plant of the genus Bryonia, esp. B. dioica bearing greenish white flowers and red berries. Phrases and idioms: black bryony a similar unrelated plant, Tamus communis, bearing poisonous berries. Etymology: L bryonia f. Gk …   Useful english dictionary

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