sweetbrier

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English[edit]

Rosa eglanteria FlowerCloseup2 10May2009 SierraMadrona
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Etymology[edit]

sweet +‎ brier

Noun[edit]

sweetbrier ‎(plural sweetbriers)

  1. A Eurasian rose, Rosa eglanteria, having prickly stems, fragrant leaves, pink flowers and red hips
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.11:
      Yet both in flowres doe live, and love thee beare, / The one a Paunce, the other a sweet-breare […].
    • 1942, Emily Carr, The Book of Small, "The Blessing," [1]
      The mud-flats did not always smell nice although the bushes of sweet-briar on the edge of the high-water rim did their best []

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