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[green-brahy-er] /ˈgrinˌbraɪ ər/
Origin of greenbrier
An Americanism dating back to 1775-85; green + brier1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • In one of these wanderings he came on some of the waters of greenbrier river.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare Alexander Scott Withers
  • Of these, Gaula, New river and greenbrier are the principal.

  • Waiter, bring an absinthe frappé and—what's yours, greenbrier?

  • "They're on you," chanted greenbrier, struggling to conceal his contempt.

  • "They're on me," said greenbrier, blowing a puff of smoke to the ceiling.

  • Social gatherings at the greenbrier White Sulphur were notable.

    Dixie After the War

    Myrta Lockett Avary
  • Not until he had plunged into a tangle of greenbrier, where no dog could follow, did that pack recover its morale.

    Wild Folk

    Samuel Scoville
  • The Indians the other day were unexpectedly discomfited on greenbrier.

  • This is the county seat of greenbrier, a flourishing town, and the most important in this region of country.

    A Guide to the Virginia Springs John Jennings Moorman
  • An' whilst he waited he stood an' talked ter me about the roads in greenbrier an' the lay o' the land over thar.

    The Raid Of The Guerilla Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
British Dictionary definitions for greenbrier


any of several prickly climbing plants of the liliaceous genus Smilax, esp S. rotundifolia of the eastern US, which has small green flowers and blackish berries Also called cat brier
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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