Bri·er, Bri·ar n.
1. A plant with a slender woody stem bearing stout prickles; especially, species of Rosa, Rubus, and Smilax.
2. 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 Smilax Walteri; -- used for tobacco pipes. See also 2nd brier.
Cat brier, Green brier, several species of Smilax (Smilax rotundifolia, etc.)
Sweet brier (Rosa rubiginosa). See Sweetbrier.
Yellow brier, the Rosa Eglantina.
n 1: tangled mass of prickly plants [syn: brierpatch, brier
2: a thorny stem or twig
3: Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and
bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips [syn: sweetbrier,
sweetbriar, briar, eglantine, Rosa eglanteria]
4: 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 [syn: bullbrier,
greenbrier, catbrier, horse brier, horse-brier, briar,
5: evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white
flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots
used to make tobacco pipes [syn: tree heath, briar, Erica
This word occurs frequently, and is the translation of several
different terms. (1.) Micah 7:4, it denotes a species of thorn
shrub used for hedges. In Prov. 15:19 the word is rendered
"thorn" (Heb. _hedek_, "stinging"), supposed by some to be what
is called the "apple of Sodom" (q.v.).
(2.) Ezek. 28:24, _sallon'_, properly a "prickle," such as is
found on the shoots of the palm tree.
(3.) Isa. 55:13, probably simply a thorny bush. Some,
following the Vulgate Version, regard it as the "nettle."
(4.) Isa. 5:6; 7:23-25, etc., frequently used to denote thorny
shrubs in general. In 10:17; 27:4, it means troublesome men.
(5.) In Heb. 6:8 the Greek word (tribolos) so rendered means
"three-pronged," and denotes the land caltrop, a low throny
shrub resembling in its spikes the military "crow-foot." Comp.
Matt. 7:16, "thistle."