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  1. catbrier.

Origin of greenbrier

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; green + brier1
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Examples from the Web for greenbrier

Historical Examples

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for greenbrier


  1. 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 berriesAlso called: cat brier
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