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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Briar  \Bri"ar\,  n. 
  Same  as  {Brier}. 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Brier  \Bri"er\,  Briar  \Bri"ar\,  n.  [OE.  brere,  brer,  AS 
  br[=e]r,  br[ae]r;  cf  Ir  briar  prickle,  thorn,  brier,  pin, 
  Gael.  preas  bush,  brier,  W.  prys,  prysg.] 
  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  {S.  Walteri};  --  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}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  briar 
  n  1:  Eurasian  rose  with  prickly  stems  and  fragrant  leaves  and 
  bright  pink  flowers  followed  by  scarlet  hips  [syn:  {sweetbrier}, 
  {sweetbriar},  {brier},  {eglantine},  {Rosa  eglanteria}] 
  2:  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},  {horsebrier},  {brier},  {Smilax 
  rotundifolia}] 
  3:  evergreen  treelike  Mediterranean  shrub  having  fragrant  white 
  flowers  in  large  terminal  panicles  and  hard  woody  roots 
  used  to  make  tobacco  pipes  [syn:  {tree  heath},  {brier},  {Erica 
  arborea}] 
  4:  a  pipe  made  from  the  root  (briarroot)  of  the  tree  heath 
  [syn:  {briar  pipe}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Briar,  MO 
  Zip  code(s):  63931 
  Briar,  TX  (CDP,  FIPS  10192) 
  Location:  32.99214  N,  97.55464  W 
  Population  (1990):  3899  (1656  housing  units) 
  Area:  51.0  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 




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