One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A prickly scrambling vine or shrub, especially a blackberry or other wild shrub of the rose family.
shrubbery, vegetation, greenery, ground cover, underwood, copsewood, brushwood, brush, scrub, underscrub, cover, covert, thicket, copse, coppice, wood, jungleView synonyms
- ‘Gone were the blossoms of blackthorns, brambles, sweet roses, violets, and pungent garlics.’
- ‘Eight basic factors must be considered in selecting a site for a bramble planting.’
- ‘These brambles bear fruit on branches growing from canes.’
- ‘Rare plant life which has perished includes cloudberry, a sub-arctic bramble, which thrives on moorland peat bogs.’
- ‘Winged forms of the aphid can transmit the virus to healthy raspberries from nearby infected 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.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Nettles won the toss, because, at least, brambles have fruit.’
- ‘And at the other end is a garden all in brambles and briar rose.’
- ‘And there she went, leaving only a bit of her skirts behind on the rose brambles.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The brambles - raspberries and blackberries - are perennial plants with a biennial growth and fruiting habit.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Shrouded in bracken and blackberry brambles is a bush dangling dozens of berries like Christmas tree ornaments.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘I heard their mad dash through the bramble, the blackberry thorns tearing at their sneakers and shorts.’
- ‘Later that day, I went for a walk and came upon a bed of brambles with unfamiliar leaves and bearing soft pink fruit.’
Old English bræmbel, brǣmel, of Germanic origin; related to broom.
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