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bryony

[brahy-uh-nee] /ˈbraɪ ə ni/
noun, plural bryonies.
1.
any Old World vine or climbing plant belonging to the genus Bryonia, of the gourd family, yielding acrid juice having emetic and purgative properties.
Origin of bryony
1000
before 1000; Middle English brionie, Old English bryōnia < Latin < Greek: a wild vine
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bryony

/ˈbraɪənɪ/
noun (pl) -nies
1.
any of several herbaceous climbing plants of the cucurbitaceous genus Bryonia, of Europe and N Africa See also black bryony, white bryony
Word Origin
Old English bryōnia, from Latin, from Greek bruōnia
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