briar
I. noun also brier Etymology: Middle English brere, from Old English brēr Date: 15th century a plant (as a rose, blackberry, or greenbrier) having a usually woody and thorny or prickly stem; also a mass or twig of these • briary adjective II. noun Etymology: short for briar pipe, from briar wood of the European heath, from French bruyère heath, from Middle French bruiere, from Vulgar Latin *brucaria, from Late Latin brucus heather, of Celtic origin; akin to Old Irish froech heather; akin to Greek ereikē heather Date: 1882 a tobacco pipe made from the root or stem of a European heath (Erica arborea)

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  • Briar — Briar, TX U.S. Census Designated Place in Texas Population (2000): 5350 Housing Units (2000): 2105 Land area (2000): 20.572656 sq. miles (53.282933 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.000000 sq. miles (0.000000 sq. km) Total area (2000): 20.572656 sq.… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • briar — briar, brier Both spellings are used of two distinct words, meaning respectively a prickly bush and a type of wood (or a pipe made from it). The preferred spelling for both words is briar …   Modern English usage

  • Briar — Bri ar, n. Same as {Brier}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Briar — Briar, Fluß im nordamerikanischen Unionsstaate Georgia; fällt in den Savannah; an demselben 1779 Sieg der Briten über die Amerikaner …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • briar — see BRIER (Cf. brier) …   Etymology dictionary

  • briar — (also brier) ► NOUN ▪ a prickly scrambling shrub, especially a wild rose. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • briar — briar1 [brī′ər] n. BRIER1 briary adj. briar2 [brī′ər] n. 1. a tobacco pipe made from the root of BRIER2 (sense 1) 2. occas. sp. of BRIER2 (senses 1 & 2) …   English World dictionary

  • briar — There are two distinct words briar in English, both of which can also be spelled brier, and as their meanings are fairly similar, they are often confused. The older [OE] is a name given to the wild rose, although in fact this usage is as recent… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • briar — UK [ˈbraɪə(r)] / US [ˈbraɪr] noun Word forms briar : singular briar plural briars or briar 1) [countable/uncountable] a bush with thorns (= sharp points) on its branches 2) [countable] a pipe for smoking tobacco, made from briar 3)… …   English dictionary

  • briar — There are two distinct words briar in English, both of which can also be spelled brier, and as their meanings are fairly similar, they are often confused. The older [OE] is a name given to the wild rose, although in fact this usage is as recent… …   Word origins

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