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or sweetbriar

[sweet-brahy-er] /ˈswitˌbraɪ ər/
a rose, Rosa eglanteria, of Europe and central Asia, having a tall stem, stout, hooked prickles often mixed with bristles, and single, pink flowers.
Origin of sweetbrier
First recorded in 1530-40; sweet + brier1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • sweetbrier, and honey, coffee, and baked apples—really delicious.

    The Freelands John Galsworthy
  • He held out his hand; Champney handed him a sweetbrier and a tobacco pouch.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • The man who painted it didn't know a sweetbrier from a thistle.

    That Fortune Charles Dudley Warner
  • The lawns, bright and soft, sloped for half a mile to the sweetbrier hedge.

  • He now gave us some roses and sweetbrier, and let us out from his pleasant garden.

    Our Old Home, Vol. 2 Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Lois reached out and broke off a piece of the sweetbrier and smelled it.

    Jane Field Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
  • We were talking all the time of the sweetbrier and hollyhocks,—and things like that.

    The Squire of Sandal-Side

    Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • "We have a shed here where we can keep them but at sweetbrier there isn't anything," and Dorothy's mouth dropped anxiously.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise Mabell S.C. Smith
  • "I'm going to have hops wherever the vines can find a place to climb at sweetbrier," Dorothy determined.

    Ethel Morton's Enterprise Mabell S.C. Smith
  • There hung in the air a smell of sweetbrier as we drew bridle before a cabin under the hill.

    The Maid-At-Arms Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for sweetbrier


a Eurasian rose, Rosa rubiginosa, having a tall bristly stem, fragrant leaves, and single pink flowers Also called eglantine
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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