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briar1

[brahy-er] /ˈbraɪ ər/
noun
1.
brier1 .
Related forms
briary, adjective

briar2

[brahy-er] /ˈbraɪ ər/
noun
1.
brier2 .

briar3

[brahy-er] /ˈbraɪ ər/
noun, Usually Disparaging.
1.
brier3 .
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Examples from the web for briars
  • He noticed that she was wearing a new cotton dress, which seemed to have been snagged in a few places by briars.
  • Infection commonly occurs when the skin is broken while handling plant materials such as rosebushes, briars, or mulch-rich dirt.
  • The shrub layer is often dense and is composed of tree saplings, beaked hazelnut, and various briars.
  • The dead trees in the picture are now full of blackberry briars.
  • They continued the chase and eventually caught him after he had fallen into a patch of briars.
  • Fence rows should be allowed to grow up into briars and weeds to provide safe travel corridors.
  • Weeds and briars underneath the trees provide shelter and food for many different birds.
  • They cleared briars and stinging nettles and planted the first bed with hostas and ferns.
British Dictionary definitions for briars

briar1

/ˈbraɪə/
noun
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
Derived Forms
briary, briery, adjective
Word Origin
C19: from French bruyère heath, from Late Latin brūcus, of Gaulish origin

briar2

/ˈbraɪə/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of brier1
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Word Origin and History for briars

briar

n.

see brier (n.1).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for briars

briar

noun

A file or hacksaw (1830s+ Underworld)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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