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brambling

[bram-bling] /ˈbræm blɪŋ/
noun
1.
an Old World finch, Fringilla montifringilla, the male of which is black and white with a reddish-brown breast.
Origin
1560-1570
1560-70; earlier bramlin (bram- (variant of broom) + -lin -ling1); akin to German Brämling

bramble

[bram-buh l] /ˈbræm bəl/
noun
1.
any prickly shrub belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family.
2.
British. the common blackberry.
3.
any rough, prickly shrub, as the dog rose.
verb (used without object), brambled, brambling.
4.
British. to look for and gather wild blackberries; pick blackberries from the vine.
Origin
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bræmbel, variant of brǣmel, equivalent to brǣm- (cognate with Dutch braam broom) + -el noun suffix
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British Dictionary definitions for brambling

brambling

/ˈbræmblɪŋ/
noun
1.
a Eurasian finch, Fringilla montifringilla, with a speckled head and back and, in the male, a reddish brown breast and darker wings and tail

bramble

/ˈbræmbəl/
noun
1.
any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberry See also stone bramble
2.
(Scot)
  1. a blackberry
  2. (as modifier): bramble jelly
3.
any of several similar and related shrubs
verb (intransitive)
4.
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 brambling

bramble

n.

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

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brambling 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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Encyclopedia Article for brambling

(species Fringilla montifringilla), songbird belonging to the family Fringillidae (order Passeriformes) that breeds in coniferous and birch woods from Scandinavia to Japan and winters southward, millions sometimes appearing in Europe. The brambling is a 15-centimetre (6-inch) finch. The male is mostly black, with white rump and a light red-brown breast and shoulders; the female is brown, with streaked back.

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