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.

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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World English Dictionary
bramble (ˈbræmbəl)
1.  See also stone bramble any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberry
2.  (Scot)
 a.  a blackberry
 b.  (as modifier): bramble jelly
3.  any of several similar and related shrubs
4.  to gather blackberries
[Old English brǣmbel; related to Old Saxon brāmal, Old High German brāmo]

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Word Origin & History

O.E. bræmbel "rough, prickly shrub" (especially the blackberry bush), with euphonic -b-, from earlier bræmel, from P.Gmc. *bræmaz (see broom).
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Bible Dictionary

Bramble definition

(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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Example sentences
The field was all brambles, and the cattle struggled.
It had begun to fall, and where a thicket of brambles obscured the collapse,
  the cows found a place to cross.
Although our native blackberry likes to spread, it does not form self supported
Many species of birds and mammals use the brambles for nesting and shelter.
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