Bri"ar (?), n.

Same as Brier.


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Bri"er, Bri"ar (?), n. [OE. brere, brer, AS. br�xc7;r, braer; cf. Ir. briar prickle, thorn, brier, pin, Gael. preas bush, brier, W. prys, prysg.]


A plant with a slender woody stem bearing stout prickles; especially, species of Rosa, Rubus, and Smilax.


Fig.: Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings.

The thorns and briers of reproof. Cowper.

Brier root, the root of the southern Smilax laurifolia and S. Walleri; -- used for tobacco pipes. -- Cat brier, Green brier, several species of Smilax (S. rotundifolia, etc.) -- Sweet brier (Rosa rubiginosa). See Sweetbrier. -- Yellow brier, the Rosa Eglantina.


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