Definition of bramble in English:



  • 1A prickly scrambling shrub of the rose family, especially a blackberry.

    • ‘Gone were the blossoms of blackthorns, brambles, sweet roses, violets, and pungent garlics.’
    • ‘Shrouded in bracken and blackberry brambles is a bush dangling dozens of berries like Christmas tree ornaments.’
    • ‘And at the other end is a garden all in brambles and briar rose.’
    • ‘The brambles - raspberries and blackberries - are perennial plants with a biennial growth and fruiting habit.’
    • ‘Rare plant life which has perished includes cloudberry, a sub-arctic bramble, which thrives on moorland peat bogs.’
    • ‘And there she went, leaving only a bit of her skirts behind on the rose brambles.’
    • ‘He dips his chin, and just as an expectant gasp ripples through the crowd, Eddie launches himself over the wall into a bramble of wild roses.’
    • ‘Plant blackcaps as far away as possible from red raspberries or other cultivated brambles, and remove existing wild berries if practical, or your new plants may soon pick up diseases.’
    • ‘I sprinted through brambles and thorned blackberry bushes and pushed my way past overgrown, waist-high swordfern.’
    • ‘Once, out picking blackberries, he over-reached and fell headlong into the prickly bramble.’
    • ‘Back at the bog's edge, pushing aside blackberry brambles and birch branches, Taylor stops frequently to explain the side of the bog few have seen.’
    • ‘Winged forms of the aphid can transmit the virus to healthy raspberries from nearby infected brambles.’
    • ‘My mother was stretching up to reach the blackberries within the bramble.’
    • ‘I heard their mad dash through the bramble, the blackberry thorns tearing at their sneakers and shorts.’
    • ‘Eight basic factors must be considered in selecting a site for a bramble planting.’
    • ‘It was far too early for picking fruit from brambles and apple trees, but he did pause to dig up some wild leeks along the narrow path he followed.’
    • ‘These brambles bear fruit on branches growing from canes.’
    • ‘Nettles won the toss, because, at least, brambles have fruit.’
    • ‘Seen along the way today was a heron, more brambles, some wild blackberries, hawthorn showing fruit ranging from cherry red through to deep blood red, rose hips and some lovely yellow toadflax.’
    • ‘Later that day, I went for a walk and came upon a bed of brambles with unfamiliar leaves and bearing soft pink fruit.’
    shrubbery, vegetation, greenery, ground cover, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrub, cover, covert, thicket, copse, coppice, wood, jungle
    1. 1.1British The fruit of the blackberry.
      • ‘The wine is very juicy with ripe berry fruit, brambles, a sprinkling of spice and round tannins.’
      • ‘It has flavours of cranberry, cherry, raspberry, brambles, plum tomatoes and black pepper.’
      • ‘Some fruit, such as strawberries, brambles and cherries, have low pectin levels and so extra must be added to ensure a good set.’
      • ‘The highest rated are also the most colourful - dried fruits, brambles, strawberries, spinach, beetroot and sweet potatoes.’
      • ‘It warms from the inside with brambles, cherry and plums.’
      • ‘Serve with bold winter food and watch its charming, dusky, bramble and blackcurrant fruit take centre stage.’
      • ‘There was a short-lived fashion for Worcesterberries about ten years ago when they were unconvincingly touted as a rival for brambles or tayberries.’
      • ‘Add the lemon juice and pour through a sieve into six tall, elegant glasses with five or six tayberries, raspberries, brambles or strawberries in each.’
      • ‘It is also good on its own or with a compôte of fresh fruit (catch the end of the bramble or plum season by heating these fruits gently with a splash of cassis and sugar) or some marinated orange slices.’
      • ‘The aromas consist of bramble fruit, such as blackberries and raspberries.’
      • ‘Good quality planting stock is the key to success in the bramble fruit enterprise.’
      • ‘A heady brew of spiced bramble with herb and chocolate scents serves up a sweet and sour cherry and bramble fruit with drying cocoa-flavoured tannins.’
      • ‘The Cabernet Sauvignon punches above its weight with brambles, dark chocolate, vanilla and peppery spices.’
      • ‘For strawberries, brambles, blueberries, and grapes, 200 gallons per acre is the standard dilute volume.’
      • ‘An initial fruit hit of ripe bramble jam and dark chocolate give way to a well-balanced spicy mouthful of winter berry fruit and ginger.’
      • ‘It's a well-balanced wine with oodles of ripe raspberry, bramble fruit, spices and vibrant tannins.’
      • ‘Although bramble fruits comprise a small portion of the Ohio fruit basket, many producers are doing an excellent job of raising and managing their brambles.’
      • ‘One objective is to produce high-quality bramble fruit.’
      • ‘In Scotland, the fruit of the thorny shrub is called a bramble, while in England it is a blackberry.’
      • ‘We picked potatoes, carrots, peas and swedes for the farmers, wild brambles and mushrooms for the pantry and rose hips for vitamin C syrup.’


[with object]British
  • Gather blackberries.

    ‘why don't we go brambling some day?’
    • ‘Brambling always makes me feel somewhat like the prince in Sleeping Beauty, fighting through the thorns to reach the prize.’
    • ‘I have already been brambling.’
    • ‘That’s what I did on a couple of days earlier this week when we spent time ‘brambling’ and picking blackberries to make jam.’
    • ‘In my part of the world, diving has become a family activity, like Frisbee and brambling.’


Old English bræmbel, brǣmel, of Germanic origin; related to broom.