Any of a number of prickly scrambling shrubs, especially a wild rose.
Genus Rosa, family Rosaceae: several species, including the Eurasian sweet briar (R. rubiginosa)‘‘You're not stupid,’ Bella continued, speaking more to the rose briars than to him.’
- ‘Glen smiled at the thought of a dirty forest with trees, briars, and wild animals.’
- ‘Throughout this long afternoon, we remained motionless in the briar patch.’
- ‘On one side lay a patch of endless briars on the other a 20 ft drop to the sharp rocks and unbridled sea below.’
- ‘Immediately, Maria snatched her hand back quicker than if it had just come into contact with a briar bush.’
Old English brǣr, brēr, of unknown origin.
1(also briar pipe)A tobacco pipe made from woody nodules borne at ground level by a large woody plant of the heather family.‘The Centenier finished his coffee, while Holmes selected and filled his briar pipe.’
tobacco pipe, briar, briar pipe, meerschaum, clay pipe
- ‘The briar pipe continued to epitomise solid, dependable, common sense masculinity.’
- ‘Every man present had filled his clay or briar pipes with good Virginia tobacco.’
2The tree heath, which bears the nodules from which briar pipes are made.
Mid 19th century from French bruyère ‘heath, heather’, from medieval Latin brucus.