- any prickly shrub belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family.
- British. the common blackberry.
- any rough, prickly shrub, as the dog rose.
- British. to look for and gather wild blackberries; pick blackberries from the vine.
Origin of bramble
before 1000; Middle English; Old English bræmbel, variant of brǣmel, equivalent to brǣm- (cognate with Dutch braam broom) + -el noun suffix
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Examples from the Web for bramble
They make vinegar also of bramble berries, but this is not so good as the former.
The esquine partly resembles a creeper and partly a bramble.
The sloe-thorn, and the furze, and the bramble choked up the rails.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
We lay among the whins and bramble undisturbed till the dusk came on.John Splendid
The heron, the cat, and the bramble bought the tithe of a certain parish.Welsh Folk-Lore
- any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberrySee also stone bramble
- a blackberry
- (as modifier)bramble jelly
- any of several similar and related shrubs
- to gather blackberries
Old English brǣmbel; related to Old Saxon brāmal, Old High German brāmo
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Word Origin and History for bramble
Old English bræmbel "rough, prickly shrub" (especially the blackberry bush), with euphonic -b-, from earlier bræmel, from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz (see broom).
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