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briar

Noun

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]

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English

Pronunciation

Noun

  1. any of a number of unrelated thicket-forming thorny plants
  2. A pipe made from the burl of the white heath tree.

Extensive Definition

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: Brier score, a probability-related measure
briar in German: Brier
briar in Volapük: Briar

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