One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Any of a number of prickly scrambling shrubs, especially the sweetbrier and other wild roses.
- ‘‘You're not stupid,’ Bella continued, speaking more to the rose briars than to him.’
- ‘On one side lay a patch of endless briars on the other a 20 ft drop to the sharp rocks and unbridled sea below.’
- ‘Immediately, Maria snatched her hand back quicker than if it had just come into contact with a briar bush.’
- ‘Throughout this long afternoon, we remained motionless in the briar patch.’
- ‘Glen smiled at the thought of a dirty forest with trees, briars, and wild animals.’
Old English brǣr, brēr, of unknown origin.
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