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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.
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 brambles
  • 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 brambles.
  • Many species of birds and mammals use the brambles for nesting and shelter.
  • Edge feathering along woods can encourage brambles and brush to grow which improves cover.
  • Blackberry brambles and devil's-walking-stick are abundant along the roadsides.
  • Farmers have become interested in specialty crops involving vegetables, blueberries and brambles.
  • You'll be providing a cushion against abrasions and protection from brambles and brush.
  • They fought brambles, swatted mosquitoes and even got dirt under their fingernails.
  • Weed pests are a challenge to control in brambles, particularly when organic methods are employed.
British Dictionary definitions for brambles


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 brambles



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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brambles 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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