1 Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips [syn: sweetbrier, sweetbriar, brier, eglantine, Rosa eglanteria]
2 a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries [syn: bullbrier, greenbrier, catbrier, horse brier, horse-brier, brier, Smilax rotundifolia]
3 evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes [syn: tree heath, brier, Erica arborea]
4 a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath [syn: briar pipe]
- Rhymes: -aɪə(r)
- any of a number of unrelated thicket-forming thorny plants
- A pipe made from the burl of the white heath tree.
Briar or brier is a common name for a number of unrelated thicket-forming thorny plants, including species in the genera Rosa, Rubus and Smilax.
Briar or Brier may also refer to:
- Tim Hortons Brier (or simply "The Brier"), the Canadian men's curling championship
- Briar, Missouri, in Ripley County
- Brier, Washington, in Snohomish County
- Kathy Brier, an American actor and singer
- Markus Brier, (born 1968) an Austrian golfer
- Richard Briers, a British actor
- Briar Moss, from the Circle of Magic and Circle Opens quartets by Tamora Pierce
- The Briar King, a novel by Greg Keyes
- Black briar, a fictional top secret CIA program from the book and movie The Bourne Ultimatum
- Huckleberry Briar, a district in Strawberryland from the Strawberry Shortcake series, where Huckleberry Pie resides
- Briar, term used in the U.S. Midwest, especially Ohio, for Appalachian migrants from Kentucky and West Virginia. These migrants, seeking work in Midwestern industries, were generally considered unwelcome, therefore the analogy to a thorny weed.
briar in German: Brier
briar in Volapük: Briar
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