Briar meaning

brīər
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A Mediterranean shrub or small tree (Erica arborea) in the heath family, whose woody roots are used to make tobacco pipes.
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A pipe made from the root of this plant or from a similar wood.
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A tobacco pipe made from the root of brier.
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Any thorny plant, now especially a wild rose.
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(figuratively) Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings.
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The white heath, Erica arborea.
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A pipe made from the root of this plant.
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Origin of briar

  • French bruyère heath from Old French from Vulgar Latin brūcāria from Late Latin brūcus heather of Celtic origin wer-2 in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From French bruyère, assimilated with Etymology 1, above.

    From Wiktionary

  • From Old English brær.

    From Wiktionary