brier

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brier (plural briers)

  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) Any unpleasantry in general.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Cowper
      The thorns and briers of reproof.

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