any of a genus (Bryonia) of perennial vines of the gourd family with large fleshy roots and greenish flowers
Origin of bryonyClassical Latin bryonia from Classical Greek bry?nia from bryein: see bryology
- Any of various Eurasian tendril-bearing vines of the genus Bryonia, having red or black berries and tuberous roots formerly used as medicine.
- The black bryony.
Origin of bryonyLatin bryōnia from Greek bruōniā from bruein to swell, teem
(countable and uncountable, plural bryonies)
- A perennial herb, of genus Bryonia, especially the common wild species, Bryonia dioica.
From Latin bryōnia (“bryony”), from Ancient Greek βρυωνία (bruōnia, “bryony”).
- A female given name.
From the bryony plant in the 19th century.