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a prickly plant or shrub, especially the sweetbrier or a greenbrier.
a tangled mass of prickly plants.
a thorny stem or twig.
the white heath, Erica arborea, of France and Corsica, the woody root of which is used for making tobacco pipes.
a pipe made of brierroot.
(chiefly in Ohio, Kentucky, and Tennessee) a term used to refer to a rustic or hillbilly, especially one from Appalachia.
Contemporary Examples

The Absurd Impeachment Feedback Loop John Avlon July 27, 2014

Historical Examples

Myths and Legends of the Mississippi Valley and the Great Lakes Various
Biography of a Slave Charles Thompson
The Country of the Pointed Firs Sarah Orne Jewett
The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner
Songs of Labor and Other Poems Morris Rosenfeld
Sylvie: souvenirs du Valois Grard de Nerval
St. Nicholas, Vol. 5, No. 5, March, 1878 Various
The English and Scottish Popular Ballads (Volume I of 5) Various
Steep Trails John Muir

any of various thorny shrubs or other plants, such as the sweetbrier and greenbrier
a variant spelling of briar1


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