- a tobacco pipe made from the root of brier (sense )
- occas. sp. of brier (senses & )
- A Mediterranean shrub or small tree (Erica arborea) in the heath family, whose woody roots are used to make tobacco pipes. Also called tree heath .
- A pipe made from the root of this plant or from a similar wood.
Origin of briarFrench bruyère heath from Old French from Vulgar Latin brūcāria from Late Latin brūcus heather of Celtic origin ; see wer-2 in Indo-European roots.
Variant of brier1
- Any thorny plant, now especially a wild rose.
- (figuratively) Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings.
From Old English brær.
- The white heath, Erica arborea.
- A pipe made from the root of this plant.
From French bruyère, assimilated with Etymology 1, above.