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

    Insect Architecture James Rennie
  • To-day there was neither gravedigger nor robin—only the soft drip, drip of the rain on dock and thistle, fern and briony.

    Mount Royal, Volume 2 of 3 Mary Elizabeth Braddon
  • The briony, which bears in its root a mark significative of a dropsical mans feet, was adopted as a cure for dropsy.

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

  • The girl sat before him swathed in a darkness, with the edges of the briony leaves shining deadly—radiant above—young Hecate!

    Sandra Belloni, Complete George Meredith
  • The claspers of briony shoot into the spiral, and lay hold of whatever comes in their way, for support.

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

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

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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