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briar

2 [brahy-er]
noun
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briar or brier1 (ˈbraɪə)
 
n
1.  Also called: tree heath an ericaceous shrub, Erica arborea, of S Europe, having a hard woody root (briarroot)
2.  a tobacco pipe made from the root of this plant
 
[C19: from French bruyère heath, from Late Latin brūcus, of Gaulish origin]
 
brier or brier1
 
n
 
[C19: from French bruyère heath, from Late Latin brūcus, of Gaulish origin]
 
'briary or brier1
 
adj
 
'briery or brier1
 
adj

briar2 (ˈbraɪə)
 
n
a variant spelling of brier

brier or briar1 (ˈbraɪə)
 
n
any of various thorny shrubs or other plants, such as the sweetbrier and greenbrier
 
[Old English brēr, brǣr, of obscure origin]
 
briar or briar1
 
n
 
[Old English brēr, brǣr, of obscure origin]
 
'briery or briar1
 
adj
 
'briary or briar1
 
adj

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briar
see brier.
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Example sentences
We can always find out by tossing them all in a briar patch.
With that, she pulled from her pocket a large briar pipe.
He that goes to law does as the sheep that in a storm runs to a briar.
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