- any prickly or thorny bush, as a bramble or wild rose
- a growth of such bushes
- a twig of a brier
Origin of brierMiddle English brere (with vowel change as in friar ; from Middle English frere) ; from Old English brer, brær
- an evergreen shrub or tree (Erica arborea) of the heath family, native to S Europe, with needlelike leaves and white flowers
- its root, esp. the root burl, often used to make tobacco pipes
- briar (sense )
Origin of brierFrench bruyère, white heath ; from Gaulish an unverified form brucus, heather, broom
Any of several prickly plants, such as certain rosebushes or the greenbrier.
Origin of brierMiddle English brer, from Old English br&emacron;r.
Variant of briar1.