One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Wood from the nodules of the brier (Erica arborea), used especially for making tobacco pipes.
- ‘During the Civil War, soldiers carved pipes from brierroot, and chessmen from pine.’
- ‘When I entered his office he was smoking a brierwood pipe.’
- ‘I remembered watching the ritual of tamping the weed into the bowl of a brierwood pipe.’
- ‘The familiar brierwood pipe was set between his teeth.’
- ‘The upper half is Sherlock Holmes with his hat, cloak, and pipe - though whether brierroot or clay can't be determined.’
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