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brier (plural briers)
- Any of many plants with thorny stems growing in dense clusters, such as many in the Rosa, Rubus, and Smilax genera.
- Erica arborea, a thorny Mediterranean shrub.
- A pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub.
- (figuratively) Any unpleasantry in general.
A pipe made from the roots of that shrub
Any unpleasantry in general
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