- 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 brambled
Gone was the brambled waste, gone the flickering tangle of woodland.The Golden Age
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
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.
- 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 brambled
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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