catbrier
noun Date: 1839 any of a genus (Smilax) of dioecious often prickly climbing plants of the lily family

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  • catbrier — n. a very prickly woody vine of eastern U.S. ({Smilax rotundifolia}) growing in tangled masses, having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries. Syn: bullbrier,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • catbrier — melsvasis sarsaparilis statusas T sritis vardynas apibrėžtis Sarsaparilinių šeimos vaistinis augalas (Smilax glauca), paplitęs Šiaurės Amerikoje. atitikmenys: lot. Smilax glauca angl. cat greenbrier; catbrier; sawbrier; wild sarsaparilla šaltinis …   Lithuanian dictionary (lietuvių žodynas)

  • catbrier — /kat bruy euhr/, n. any prickly vine of the genus Smilax, esp. S. rotundifolia, of eastern North America, growing in tangled masses. Also called greenbrier, bullbrier, horsebrier. [1830 40, Amer.; CAT1 + BRIER1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Catbrier — Smilax (E) …   EthnoBotanical Dictionary

  • catbrier — cat•bri•er [[t]ˈkætˌbraɪ ər[/t]] n. pln any of numerous prickly vines of the genus Smilax, of the lily family, esp. S. rotundifolia, growing in tangled masses Also called greenbrier • Etymology: 1830–40, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • catbrier — noun a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries • Syn: ↑bullbrier,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Smilax rotundifolia — catbrier catbrier n. a very prickly woody vine of eastern U.S. ({Smilax rotundifolia}) growing in tangled masses, having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Smilax rotundifolia — catbrier catbrier n. a very prickly woody vine of eastern U.S. ({Smilax rotundifolia}) growing in tangled masses, having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • smilax — /smuy laks/, n. 1. any plant belonging to the genus Smilax, of the lily family, growing in tropical and temperate zones, consisting mostly of vines having woody stems. 2. a delicate, twining plant, Asparagus asparagoides, of the lily family,… …   Universalium

  • bullbrier — noun a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries • Syn: ↑greenbrier,… …   Useful english dictionary

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