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bri·er1 / ˈbrī(ə)r/ (also bri·ar) • n. any of a number of prickly scrambling shrubs, esp. the sweetbrier and other wild roses. DERIVATIVES: bri·er·y adj. bri·er2 (also briar) • n. 1. (also brier pipe) a tobacco pipe made from woody nodules borne at ground level by a large woody plant of the heath family. 2. the white-flowered woody shrub (Erica arborea) that bears these nodules, native chiefly to France and Corsica.

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brier or briar, name sometimes given any thorny plant, more specifically the sweetbrier, and the greenbrier. French brier, or brierroot, is a name for the root of the European white heath so widely used in the manufacture of smoking pipes.

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brier2, briar2 white heath, Erica arborea, the root of which is used for tobacco pipes. XIX (bruyer). — (O)F. bruyère heath :- Gallo-Rom. *brūcāria, f. *brūcus — Gaulish *brūko; assim. in form to prec.

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brier1, briar1 prickly bush OE.; species of wild rose XVI. OE. (Angl.) brēr, (WS.) brǣr, of unkn. orig.

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