- an Old World finch, Fringilla montifringilla, the male of which is black and white with a reddish-brown breast.
Origin of brambling
- 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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In February, 1911, a brambling was brought to me for identification.In a Cheshire Garden
- a Eurasian finch, Fringilla montifringilla, with a speckled head and back and, in the male, a reddish brown breast and darker wings and tail
- 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 brambling
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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