Main definitions of briar in English

: briar1briar2

briar1

(also brier)

Pronunciation /ˈbrī(ə)r/ /ˈbraɪ(ə)r/

noun

  • Any of a number of prickly scrambling shrubs, especially the sweetbrier and other wild roses.

Origin

Old English brǣr, brēr, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

briar

/ˈbrī(ə)r/ /ˈbraɪ(ə)r/

Main definitions of briar in English

: briar1briar2

briar2

(also brier)

Pronunciation /ˈbrī(ə)r/ /ˈbraɪ(ə)r/

noun

  • 1

    (also briar pipe)
    A tobacco pipe made from nodules borne at ground level by a large woody plant of the heath family.

    tobacco pipe, briar, briar pipe, meerschaum, clay pipe
  • 2The white-flowered shrub of the heath family that bears these nodules, native chiefly to France and Corsica.

    Erica arborea, family Ericaceae

Origin

Mid 19th century from French bruyère ‘heath, heather’, from medieval Latin brucus.

Pronunciation

briar

/ˈbrī(ə)r/ /ˈbraɪ(ə)r/