briar

Definitions

  • Austrian Briar. AUSTRIAN COPPER
    Austrian Briar. AUSTRIAN COPPER
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n briar a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath
    • n briar evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes
    • n briar 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
    • n briar Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Lord Penzance Hybrid Sweet Briar. JEANNIE DEANS Lord Penzance Hybrid Sweet Briar. JEANNIE DEANS
Scots Briar. STANWELL PERPETUAL Scots Briar. STANWELL PERPETUAL

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Briar A plant with a slender woody stem bearing stout prickles; especially, species of Rosa Rubus, and Smilax.
    • Briar Fig.: Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings. "The thorns and briers of reproof."
    • n Briar Same as Brier.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • briar etc. See brier, briery, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Briar the white heath, a shrub grown in France, from the root of which tobacco-pipes are made: a pipe of this wood.
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Quotations

  • Emily Bronte
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    “Love is like the wild rose-briar; Friendship like the holly-tree. The holly is dark when the rose-briar blooms, but which will bloom most constantly?”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brere, brer, AS. brēr, brær,; cf. Ir. briar, prickle, thorn, brier, pin, Gael. preas, bush, brier, W. prys, prysg,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. bruyère, heath.

Usage

In literature:

Thorns and briars are but parables.
"Broken Bread from an Evangelist's Wallet" by Thomas Champness
He was yellow with fever, and the hand that filled the briar pipe shook with ague.
"Bones" by Edgar Wallace
Henry was at his ease, watching the briars and bushes and with his rifle thrust forward a little, but a sort of cold rage grew upon him.
"The Eyes of the Woods" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Men do not gather grapes from thorns, figs from thistles, nor even moss-roses from sweet-briars.
"Darwin, and After Darwin (Vol. 1 and 3, of 3)" by George John Romanes
There," continued the man, as he filled his briar-root, "aren't I keeping my tongue well in hand?
"The Queen's Scarlet" by George Manville Fenn
Inside, a night watchman lounged behind a desk, smoking a blackened briar.
"The Penal Cluster" by Ivar Jorgensen (AKA Randall Garrett)
BESIDE THE BONNIE BRIAR BUSH.
"The Uncalled" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Just ahead of him was the Old Briar-patch where Peter Rabbit lives so safely.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
He raised him to his feet; He showed him that all the briars had been taken from his path.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
I now find it is almost certainly the plant from which our briar pipes are made.
"The Incomparable 29th and the "River Clyde"" by George Davidson
The explorer was puffing at his briar luxuriously, and turned to the doctor.
"The Rogue Elephant" by Elliott Whitney
My gift to the Princess Briar-Rose is the gift of Beauty.
"The Sleeping Beauty" by C. S. Evans
No sooner did he reach the wood, than the large trees, as well as the briars and brambles, opened a passage for him of their own accord.
"Bo-Peep Story Books" by Anonymous
Just ahead of him was the Old Briar-patch where Peter Rabbit lives so safely.
"The Adventures of Danny Meadow Mouse" by Thornton W. Burgess
Who can find words to tell the story of the soldier's affection for his faithful briar-root pipe!
"Detailed Minutiae of Soldier life in the Army of Northern Virginia, 1861-1865" by Carlton McCarthy
Just at this time, which was the year before the Civil War, that fashionable summer resort, the White Briar Springs, was at its gayest.
"In Connection with the De Willoughby Claim" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
Briar wept one minute and laughed the next.
"Girls of the Forest" by L. T. Meade
The Briars was a very old-fashioned house, standing in its own grounds, about ten miles from Smokeytown.
"Fifty-Two Stories For Girls" by Various
Catbirds usually build their nests in hedges, briars, or bushes, so they are never very high from the ground.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [May, 1897]" by Various
At one end was a tangle of briar, and here were some old graves, each with a tinsel wreath or two on the iron cross.
"Vanished towers and chimes of Flanders" by George Wharton Edwards
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In poetry:

When from the fond and folding gale
The scented briar I pulled,
Or for thy kindred bosom culled
The lily of the vale;—
"Recollections" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

Love, one day, on mischief bent,
Vowed that he would play the friar.
I must be his penitent.
His confessional the briar.
"Love's Shriving" by Ethel Clifford
Here in the flats the briars grow,
The thistles on the hills;
And where the gin wheels used to go
Are a few rotten sills.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
O grey-leafy pinks o' the geärden,
Now bear her sweet blossoms;
Now deck wi' a rwose-bud, O briar.
Her head in the Spring.
"In The Spring" by William Barnes
He planted peas between the rows,
And pumpkins here and there;
And where that patch of briar grows
He set out deep the pear.
"Joe's Farm" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
O'er bush and briar Childe Launcelot sprung
With ardent hopes elate,
And loudly blew the horn that hung
Before Sir Hornbook's gate.
"Sir Hornbook" by Thomas Love Peacock

In news:

Briar Patch is Doing More to Save Energy.
Briar, a brand new bull born on Monday, was predictably adorable and was already very sturdy on his feet.
BUTCH COMEGYS / STAFF PHOTOGRAPHER Susquehanna quarterback Cole Mallery, left, and two-way lineman Jagr Briar are senior leaders on a team that will be rebuilding this season.
Razberries Chic Boutique, Blackberry Briar.
The DVD case of the 10th anniversary edition of 'Briars in the Cotton Patch: The Story of Koinonia Farm'.
The Braves drove down the Maroon 40 on their third series before Chris Briar slammed the ball loose and Colton Fernstrum pounced on the fumble.
Philip John Nalesnik and Stacey Marie Antonelli, 154 Briar Lane, Weatherly.
FDOT installs light at Green Briar Pkwy.
Jeff Quay , drummer and musical director of the Blue Man Group, sits on the stage of the Briar Street Theater in Chicago.
While the state of Mississippi's financial condition could certainly be rosier, it is hardly the briar patch other states find themselves in.
Lance Stewart, a dance ­instructor whose business card reads "Teacher of Dancing," is whisking a woman around the dance floor of Caps Piano Bar (2610 Briar Ridge).
2610 Briar Ridge Houston, TX 77057.
Boy Scout Troop 137 of Duncan Falls is having a Turkey Shoot at Briar Rabbit Shooting Range is Saturday, November 10th from 10am til 2pm.
Briar Woods 35, Tuscarora 6.
As Sun explores natural gas agenda, Review-Journal delves into the "briar patch".
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