catbrier

catbrier

[kat-brahy-er]
noun
any prickly vine of the genus Smilax, especially S. rotundifolia, of eastern North America, growing in tangled masses.


Origin:
1830–40, Americanism; cat1 + brier1

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catbrier

noun
a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries [syn: bullbrier
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