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See also: Bramble
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈbɹæm.bəl/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈbɹæm.bəl/
- Rhymes: -æmbəl
bramble (plural brambles)
- Any of many closely related thorny plants in the genus Rubus including the blackberry and likely not including the raspberry proper.
- 1949 November and December, “Notes and News: Festiniog and Welsh Highland Railways”, in Railway Magazine, page 408:
- At the same time, the encroachment of vegetation proceeds apace, and broom and brambles have already made portions of the line impassable, even on foot.
- 2016, Ann Burnett, Take a Leaf Out of My Book, page 37:
- Jeanette is making bramble jelly. She is trying to listen to the Morning Story on Radio 4 while she goes about her task. Jeanette's brow is furrowed as she weighs the deep purple fruit and tips the berries into the heavy jelly pan […]
- 1975, Bertrand Russell, chapter 1, in Autobiography:
- A similar instinct for self-preservation was the cause of my first lie. My governess left me alone for half an hour with strict instructions to eat no blackberries during her absence. When she returned I was suspiciously near the brambles. ‘You have been eating blackberries’, she said. ‘I have not’, I replied. ‘Put out your tongue!’ she said. Shame overwhelmed me, and I felt utterly wicked.
- Any thorny shrub.
- A cocktail of gin, lemon juice, and blackberry liqueur.
- (chiefly Scotland) The soft fruit borne by the species Rubus fruticosus formed of a black (when ripe) cluster of drupelets.
diverse Rubus shrubs — see blackberry
any thorny shrub — see thornbush