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[kat-brahy-er] /ˈkætˌbraɪ ər/
any prickly vine of the genus Smilax, especially S. rotundifolia, of eastern North America, growing in tangled masses.
Origin of catbrier
An Americanism dating back to 1830-40; cat + brier1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Sometimes it is a stem of the catbrier; again a rose or blackberry.

    In the Open Stanton Davis Kirkham
  • The sun was behind the cedar and barberry and catbrier banks.

    Missy Miriam Coles Harris
  • There was privet budding and hawthorn fading, and barberry and catbrier and wild grape, in fresh June coloring.

    Missy Miriam Coles Harris

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