Definition of bramble in English:



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

    • ‘I sprinted through brambles and thorned blackberry bushes and pushed my way past overgrown, waist-high swordfern.’
    • ‘Later that day, I went for a walk and came upon a bed of brambles with unfamiliar leaves and bearing soft pink fruit.’
    • ‘I heard their mad dash through the bramble, the blackberry thorns tearing at their sneakers and shorts.’
    • ‘Once, out picking blackberries, he over-reached and fell headlong into the prickly bramble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘My mother was stretching up to reach the blackberries within the bramble.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gone were the blossoms of blackthorns, brambles, sweet roses, violets, and pungent garlics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Rare plant life which has perished includes cloudberry, a sub-arctic bramble, which thrives on moorland peat bogs.’
    • ‘And at the other end is a garden all in brambles and briar rose.’
    • ‘Shrouded in bracken and blackberry brambles is a bush dangling dozens of berries like Christmas tree ornaments.’
    • ‘Winged forms of the aphid can transmit the virus to healthy raspberries from nearby infected brambles.’
    • ‘These brambles bear fruit on branches growing from canes.’
    • ‘Eight basic factors must be considered in selecting a site for a bramble planting.’
    • ‘Nettles won the toss, because, at least, brambles have fruit.’
    • ‘The brambles - raspberries and blackberries - are perennial plants with a biennial growth and fruiting habit.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And there she went, leaving only a bit of her skirts behind on the rose brambles.’
    shrubbery, vegetation, greenery, ground cover, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrub, cover, covert, thicket, copse, coppice, wood, jungle
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    1. 1.1British The fruit of the blackberry.
      • ‘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 warms from the inside with brambles, cherry and plums.’
      • ‘For strawberries, brambles, blueberries, and grapes, 200 gallons per acre is the standard dilute volume.’
      • ‘In Scotland, the fruit of the thorny shrub is called a bramble, while in England it is a blackberry.’
      • ‘The aromas consist of bramble fruit, such as blackberries and raspberries.’
      • ‘We picked potatoes, carrots, peas and swedes for the farmers, wild brambles and mushrooms for the pantry and rose hips for vitamin C syrup.’
      • ‘Serve with bold winter food and watch its charming, dusky, bramble and blackcurrant fruit take centre stage.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It's a well-balanced wine with oodles of ripe raspberry, bramble fruit, spices and vibrant tannins.’
      • ‘The Cabernet Sauvignon punches above its weight with brambles, dark chocolate, vanilla and peppery spices.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘There was a short-lived fashion for Worcesterberries about ten years ago when they were unconvincingly touted as a rival for brambles or tayberries.’
      • ‘The wine is very juicy with ripe berry fruit, brambles, a sprinkling of spice and round tannins.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘One objective is to produce high-quality bramble fruit.’
      • ‘The highest rated are also the most colourful - dried fruits, brambles, strawberries, spinach, beetroot and sweet potatoes.’
      • ‘Good quality planting stock is the key to success in the bramble fruit enterprise.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’


[no object]usually as noun brambling
  • Gather blackberries.

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


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