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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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Examples from the Web for bryony
Historical Examples
  • Like the Purpura and the Pterocera, the bryony and other shells and plants.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • The hops seem to be the most powerful, and hold the bryony in the background.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • Without the bryony this preparation is known as Aqua hysterica.

  • bryony, brī′o-ni, n. a wild climbing plant, common in English hedgerows.

  • Both have vine-like leaves; but the hops are wrinkled, those of the bryony hairy or rough to the touch.

    The Toilers of the Field Richard Jefferies
  • The two kinds of wild bryony are also herbaceous climbers of rapid growth, and among the most beautiful of our hedge plants.

    Wood and Garden Gertrude Jekyll
  • On the bushes in the hedge hang the vines of the bryony, bearing thick masses of red berries.

    Hodge and His Masters Richard Jefferies
  • In the common English bryony (Bryonia dioica) the sexes are separate, some plants having only male and others only female flowers.


    Reginald Crundall Punnett
  • It is often observed that the tendrils of this bryony coil both ways, with and against the sun.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • Bines of bryony hold the ankles, and hazel boughs are stiff and not ready to bend to the will.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
British Dictionary definitions for 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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