briar vs sweetbriar what difference

what is difference between briar and sweetbriar

English

Alternative forms

  • brier
  • breer (Scotland)

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bɹʌɪə/
  • IPA(key): /ˈbɹaɪə(ɹ)/
  • Rhymes: -aɪə(ɹ)

Etymology 1

From Middle English brere, from Old English brēr, brǣr (briar; bramble). Compare Icelandic brörr (briar).

Noun

briar (plural briars)

  1. Any of many plants with thorny stems growing in dense clusters, such as many in the Rosa, Rubus, and Smilax genera.
  2. (figuratively) Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings.
    • 1785, William Cowper, The Task[1]:
      Rov’d far, and gather’d much : some harsh, ‘t is true, / Pick’d from the thorns and briers of reproof, / But wholesome, well-digested ; []

Derived terms

  • briar-patch
  • briary

Translations

Etymology 2

From French bruyère, assimilated with Etymology 1, above.

Noun

briar (plural briars)

  1. The white heath, Erica arborea, a thorny Mediterranean shrub.
  2. A pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub.

Derived terms

  • briar-pipe

Translations

Further reading

  • thicket on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Erica arborea on Wikispecies.Wikispecies

Anagrams

  • Ribar, birra


English

Noun

sweetbriar (plural sweetbriars)

  1. Alternative form of sweetbrier

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