bryony

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bryony a vine of the genus Bryonia having large leaves and small flowers and yielding acrid juice with emetic and purgative properties
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bryony (Bot) The common name of several cucurbitaceous plants of the genus Bryonia. The root of Bryonia alba rough bryony or white bryony) and of Bryonia dioica is a strong, irritating cathartic.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bryony The common name of species of Bryonia, a cucurbitaceous genus of plants, possessing acrid, emetic, and purgative properties which have given them repute as remedies for many diseases from early times. The common white- or red-berried bryony, B. dioica, and the black-berried, B. alba, are both natives of Europe. Also spelled briony.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bryony brī′o-ni a wild climbing plant, common in English hedgerows
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. bryonia, Gr. brywni`a, fr. bry`ein to swell, esp. of plants
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L.—Gr. bryōnia.

Usage

In literature:

No wonder they believe in the efficacy of a similar attenuation of bryony or pulsatilla.
"Medical Essays" by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr.
It is often observed that the tendrils of this bryony coil both ways, with and against the sun.
"Nature Near London" by Richard Jefferies
This explains the pre-eminently conchological aspect of the magical properties of the mandrake and the bryony.
"The Evolution of the Dragon" by G. Elliot Smith
Both have vine-like leaves; but the hops are wrinkled, those of the bryony hairy or rough to the touch.
"The Toilers of the Field" by Richard Jefferies
Bryony as a blister iii.
"Zoonomia, Vol. II" by Erasmus Darwin
The gardener bade Arcade and Zita sit down in an arbour walled with wild bryony, at the far end of the orchard.
"The Revolt of the Angels" by Anatole France
The lane is pleasant with its plashed hedges beset with traveller's joy (clematis) and bryony.
"Rustic Sounds and Other Studies in Literature and Natural History" by Francis Darwin
Black bryony is the only British representative.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
The stem of one of the bryonies withers up so completely that the shrinkage, aided by a little wind, snaps it.
"Wild Life in a Southern County" by Richard Jefferies
Bryony berries, some red and some a metallic shining green, clustered in grape-like bunches.
"Greene Ferne Farm" by Richard Jefferies
The bryony and the honeysuckle I have already mentioned.
"The Cruise of the Land-Yacht "Wanderer"" by Gordon Stables
The Red Bryony leaves are very large, and are shaped like a hand with five blunt fingers.
"Flowers Shown to the Children" by C. E. Smith
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In poetry:

Grey smoke of ancient clematis
Towards the silver birch inclined,
And deep in thorny fastnesses
The coral bryony entwined.
"The Log Fire" by Fay Inchfawn

In news:

Dogwood students dedicate week to Dixon project Dogwood Elementary third-graders wear their masks Tuesday during a special art class taught by Dixon Gallery and Gardens Outreach instructor Bryony Petch.
Bryony Lavery's 'Dirt' is muddy indeed.
Bryony Jones and Laura Smith-Spark CNN.
Dogwood students dedicate week to Dixon project Dogwood Elementary third-graders wear their masks Tuesday during a special art class taught by Dixon Gallery and Gardens Outreach instructor Bryony Petch.
Bryony Lavery's 'Dirt' is muddy indeed .
Bryony Lavery's 'Dirt' is muddy indeed.
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