briar

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English brær.

Noun[edit]

briar (plural briars)

  1. Any of many plants with thorny stems growing in dense clusters, such as many in the Rosa, Rubus, and Smilax genera.
  2. Erica arborea, a thorny Mediterranean shrub.
  3. A pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub.
  4. (figuratively) Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Cowper
      The thorns and briers of reproof.
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Briar (pipe)

Etymology 2[edit]

From French bruyère, assimilated with Etymology 1, above.

Noun[edit]

briar (plural briars)

  1. The white heath, Erica arborea.
  2. A pipe made from the root of this plant.


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