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A sweet briar (Rosa rubiginosa). Mudgee, New South Wales.

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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English brere, from Old English brēr, brǣr (briar; bramble), possibly ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *wert- (to twist, turn). Compare Icelandic brörr (briar).

NounEdit

briar (plural briars)

  1. Any of many plants with thorny stems growing in dense clusters, such as many in the Rosa, Rubus, and Smilax genera.
  2. (figuratively) Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Cowper
      The thorns and briers of reproof.
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Briar (pipe)

Etymology 2Edit

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Wikispecies From French bruyère, assimilated with Etymology 1, above.

NounEdit

briar (plural briars)

  1. The white heath, Erica arborea, a thorny Mediterranean shrub.
  2. A pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub.
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