Brier root


  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Brier root the root of the southern Smilax laurifolia and Smilax Walteri; -- used for tobacco pipes. See also 2nd brier.
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In literature:

We struck into the woods and entered upon a rough time, stumbling over roots, getting tangled in vines, and torn by briers.
"The Man That Corrupted Hadleyburg and Other Stories" by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
The man and woman were employed in bruising what was called brier root, which they had dug from the forest, for food.
"David Crockett: His Life and Adventures" by John S. C. Abbott
The Englishman drew his brier-root pipe from his mouth, glanced sidewise from the magazine he was reading, and jerked his head in assent.
"The Wild Olive" by Basil King
How she beats down the brush and briers and wears away even the roots of the trees!
"In the Catskills" by John Burroughs
Let the thorns and briers which have grown up around it be rooted up.
"The Letters of Cassiodorus" by Cassiodorus (AKA Magnus Aurelius Cassiodorus Senator)
They were talking to a third man, who was lounging against a front wheel, smoking a brier-root pipe.
"The Rover Boys on the Farm" by Arthur M. Winfield (AKA Edward Stratemeyer)
He found the member of Ben's company propped up on some grass pillows, smoking his favorite brier-root pipe.
"The Campaign of the Jungle" by Edward Stratemeyer
"The Scrap Book, Volume 1, No. 3" by Various
In one hand he held a blackened brier-root pipe, gazing on it with an air of mock regret.
"McClure's Magazine, Vol. 1, No. 1, June 1893" by Various
A couple of pipes with brier-root stems lay thereon, and a jar of tobacco.
"Kitty's Conquest" by Charles King

In poetry:

The gusts browbeat the trees
And drive the sap to root;
The beechen buds they freeze,
And lash the blackberry shoot
That clings unto the stalwart brier,
and bends unbroken to its foot.
"Spring In Vermont" by Sarah Norcliffe Cleghorn