Brier meaning

brīər
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Any of several prickly plants, such as certain rosebushes or the greenbrier.
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Any prickly or thorny bush, as a bramble or wild rose.
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A growth of such bushes.
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A twig of a brier.
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Its root, esp. the root burl, often used to make tobacco pipes.
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Any of many plants with thorny stems growing in dense clusters, such as many in the Rosa, Rubus, and Smilax genera.
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Erica arborea, a thorny Mediterranean shrub.
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A pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub.
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(figuratively) Any unpleasantry in general.
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An evergreen shrub or tree (Erica arborea) of the heath family, native to S Europe, with needlelike leaves and white flowers.
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Origin of brier

  • Middle English brer from Old English brēr

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