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[bram-buh l] /ˈbræm bəl/
any prickly shrub belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family.
British. the common blackberry.
any rough, prickly shrub, as the dog rose.
verb (used without object), brambled, brambling.
British. to look for and gather wild blackberries; pick blackberries from the vine.
Origin of bramble
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bræmbel, variant of brǣmel, equivalent to brǣm- (cognate with Dutch braam broom) + -el noun suffix Unabridged
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Examples from the web for bramble
  • After all, he has spent the year in one ethics bramble bush after another.
  • And it's characteristic of all woods with high deer densities that bramble gets heavily browsed.
  • In late autumn you can even go bramble picking, which is a lot of fun.
  • After about fifty or sixty yards, the way was blocked by thick bramble bushes and other undergrowth.
  • He was sweating through his shirt by the time he reached a thin stand of bramble-infested loblolly edging the field.
  • The wall is bramble-choked and unrestored in many places.
  • One category of plants that deserves proper attention are the bramble fruits, especially the red raspberries.
  • bramble also changed the addresses on his defrauded customer's accounts to that of a post office box that he controlled.
  • bramble then asked the staff about snacks for the other children she observed.
  • bramble leaves are used as a main food source for captive stick insects.
British Dictionary definitions for bramble


any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberry See also stone bramble
  1. a blackberry
  2. (as modifier): bramble jelly
any of several similar and related shrubs
verb (intransitive)
to gather blackberries
Derived Forms
brambly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English brǣmbel; related to Old Saxon brāmal, Old High German brāmo
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Word Origin and History for bramble

Old English bræmbel "rough, prickly shrub" (especially the blackberry bush), with euphonic -b-, from earlier bræmel, from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz (see broom).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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bramble in the Bible

(1.) Hebrew _atad_, Judg. 9:14; rendered "thorn," Ps. 58:9. The LXX. and Vulgate render by rhamnus, a thorny shrub common in Palestine, resembling the hawthorn. (2.) Hebrew _hoah_, Isa. 34:13 (R.V. "thistles"); "thickets" in 1 Sam. 13:6; "thistles" in 2 Kings 14:9, 2 Chr. 25:18, Job 31:40; "thorns" in 2 Chr. 33:11, Cant. 2:2, Hos. 9:6. The word may be regarded as denoting the common thistle, of which there are many species which encumber the corn-fields of Palestine. (See THORNS.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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