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brier

noun

1 brier

Tangled mass of prickly plants.

synonyms: brier patch, brierpatch.

Roget 253: sharpness etc. adj.; acuity, acumination; spinosity.    point, spike, spine, spicule [Biol.], spiculum; needle, hypodermic needle, tack, ... show more

Roget 663: bane, curse; evil etc. 619; hurtfulness etc. (badness) 649; painfulness etc. (cause of pain) 830; scourge ... show more



2 brier

A thorny stem or twig.

3 brier

Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips.

synonyms: briar, eglantine, Rosa eglanteria, sweetbriar, sweetbrier.

Dutch: egelantier
Polish: róża rdzawa, róża szkocka

4 brier

A very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries.

synonyms: briar, bullbrier, catbrier, greenbrier, horse-brier, horse brier, Smilax rotundifolia.

5 brier

Evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes.

synonyms: briar, Erica arborea, tree heath.

Polish: wrzosiec drzewiasty


Moby thesaurus: adherent, adhesive, barnacle, bramble, brier bush, bristle, bulldog, burr, bush, cactus, catchweed, cement, cleavers, decal, decalcomania, glue, goose grass, gunk, leech, limpet ... show more.

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