AskDefine | Define brier

Dictionary Definition



1 tangled mass of prickly plants [syn: brierpatch, brier patch]
2 a thorny stem or twig
3 Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips [syn: sweetbrier, sweetbriar, briar, eglantine, Rosa eglanteria]
4 a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries [syn: bullbrier, greenbrier, catbrier, horse brier, horse-brier, briar, Smilax rotundifolia]
5 evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes [syn: tree heath, briar, Erica arborea]

User Contributed Dictionary



SAMPA: /br\`ai3r\`/


  1. A thorny Mediterranean shrub.
  2. A pipe made from the roots of that shrub.
  3. A metaphor for any unpleasantry in general.


Extensive Definition

Briar or brier is a common name for a number of unrelated thicket-forming thorny plants, including species in the genera Rosa, Rubus and Smilax.
Briar or Brier may also refer to: Brier score, a probability-related measure
brier in German: Brier
brier in Volapük: Briar

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