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[brahy-uh-nee] /ˈbraɪ ə ni/
noun, plural brionies.


or briony

[brahy-uh-nee] /ˈbraɪ ə ni/
noun, plural bryonies.
any Old World vine or climbing plant belonging to the genus Bryonia, of the gourd family, yielding acrid juice having emetic and purgative properties.
Origin of bryony
before 1000; Middle English brionie, Old English bryōnia < Latin < Greek: a wild vine Unabridged
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  • It was a smart little landau which rattled up to the door of briony Lodge.

  • In its perfect state, it feeds on the blossom of the briony.

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • She came towards him down the yellow glade through the sunshine and the shadow, with a spray of briony in her hand.

  • The briony, which bears in its root a mark significative of a dropsical mans feet, was adopted as a cure for dropsy.

  • She had stopped before a garland of briony that was drooping with beautiful leaves, making a garland of shadows upon the bricks.

    Old Kensington Miss Thackeray
  • The door of briony Lodge was open, and an elderly woman stood upon the steps.

  • I was still balancing the matter in my mind, when a hansom cab drove up to briony Lodge, and a gentleman sprang out.

  • It was the bit of briony which I had carried unwittingly a long, long way, through all my first shock of trouble.

    The Days of My Life Mrs. Oliphant
  • The claspers of briony shoot into a spiral, and lay hold of whatever comes in their way for support.

British Dictionary definitions for briony


noun (pl) -nies
a variant spelling of bryony


noun (pl) -nies
any of several herbaceous climbing plants of the cucurbitaceous genus Bryonia, of Europe and N Africa See also black bryony, white bryony
Word Origin
Old English bryōnia, from Latin, from Greek bruōnia
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