Main definitions of brier in English

: brier1brier2

brier1

(also briar)

noun

  • Any of a number of prickly scrambling shrubs, especially the sweetbrier and other wild roses.

Origin

Old English brǣr, brēr, of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

brier

/ˈbrī(ə)r/

Main definitions of brier in English

: brier1brier2

brier2

(also briar)

noun

  • 1A tobacco pipe made from nodules borne at ground level by a large woody plant of the heath family.

    tobacco pipe, meerschaum, clay pipe
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  • 2The white-flowered shrub of the heath family that bears these nodules, native chiefly to France and Corsica.

Origin

Mid 19th century: from French bruyère heath, heather from medieval Latin brucus.

Pronunciation

brier

/ˈbrī(ə)r/