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[bram-buh l] /ˈbræm bəl/
any prickly shrub belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family.
British. the common blackberry.
any rough, prickly shrub, as the dog rose.
verb (used without object), brambled, brambling.
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 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • We knew not then how time passed, and could but dimly guess how things were going beyond the brambled copse in which we fought.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Gone was the brambled waste, gone the flickering tangle of woodland.

    The Golden Age Kenneth Grahame
  • For their crane had been left in a brambled hole, and they very soon rigged it out again.

    Mary Anerley R. D. Blackmore
  • There are certain well-charted highroads where there were once only brambled trails.

British Dictionary definitions for brambled


any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberry See also stone bramble
  1. a blackberry
  2. (as modifier): bramble jelly
any of several similar and related shrubs
verb (intransitive)
to gather blackberries
Derived Forms
brambly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English brǣmbel; related to Old Saxon brāmal, Old High German brāmo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for brambled



Old English bræmbel "rough, prickly shrub" (especially the blackberry bush), with euphonic -b-, from earlier bræmel, from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz (see broom).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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brambled in the Bible

(1.) Hebrew _atad_, Judg. 9:14; rendered "thorn," Ps. 58:9. The LXX. and Vulgate render by rhamnus, a thorny shrub common in Palestine, resembling the hawthorn. (2.) Hebrew _hoah_, Isa. 34:13 (R.V. "thistles"); "thickets" in 1 Sam. 13:6; "thistles" in 2 Kings 14:9, 2 Chr. 25:18, Job 31:40; "thorns" in 2 Chr. 33:11, Cant. 2:2, Hos. 9:6. The word may be regarded as denoting the common thistle, of which there are many species which encumber the corn-fields of Palestine. (See THORNS.)

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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