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Erica arborea

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Etymology

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briar +‎ wood

Noun

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briarwood (countable and uncountable, plural briarwoods)

  1. Erica arborea, tree heath, an ericaceous flowering plant.
  2. The wood of the briar-root, commonly used to make tobacco pipes.
  3. A pipe made from briarwood.
  4. A small forest of briars.
    • 1886, Peter Christen Asbjørnsen, translated by H.L. Brækstad, Folk and Fairy Tales, page 219:
      "Now throw your brier-twig over your shoulder," said the horse, "but throw it a good distance behind me!" The lad did so, and suddenly a big, close brier-wood grew up behind them.