Any of a number of prickly scrambling shrubs, especially the sweetbrier and other wild roses.
Old English brǣr, brēr, of unknown origin.
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
Mid 19th century from French bruyère ‘heath, heather’, from medieval Latin brucus.