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or sweetbriar

[sweet-brahy-er] /ˈswitˌbraɪ ər/
a rose, Rosa eglanteria, of Europe and central Asia, having a tall stem, stout, hooked prickles often mixed with bristles, and single, pink flowers.
Origin of sweetbrier
1530-40; sweet + brier1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The window was open, and the sweetbrier and the rose-vines made a very pretty frame for the delicate young face.

  • sweetbrier, and honey, coffee, and baked apples—really delicious.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • In 1807 "a newly invented iron grate calculated for coal" was installed at sweetbrier.

    Historic Shrines of America John T. (John Thomson) Faris
  • He held out his hand; Champney handed him a sweetbrier and a tobacco pouch.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • As soon as they reached home the Mortons all went over to sweetbrier Lodge to help with the final decorations.

  • The lawns, bright and soft, sloped for half a mile to the sweetbrier hedge.

  • Lois reached out and broke off a piece of the sweetbrier and smelled it.

    Jane Field Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • He now gave us some roses and sweetbrier, and let us out from his pleasant garden.

    Our Old Home, Vol. 2 Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Wild roses and sweetbrier sent up their evening incense to the radiant sky.

  • Nedda, waking, could hear the heavy drops pattering on the sweetbrier and clematis thatching her open window.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
British Dictionary definitions for sweetbrier


a Eurasian rose, Rosa rubiginosa, having a tall bristly stem, fragrant leaves, and single pink flowers Also called eglantine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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