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Etymology 1[edit]

From Old English brær.


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.


briar (plural briars)

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

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