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[bram-buh l]
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  1. any prickly shrub belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family.
  2. British. the common blackberry.
  3. any rough, prickly shrub, as the dog rose.
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verb (used without object), bram·bled, bram·bling.
  1. British. to look for and gather wild blackberries; pick blackberries from the vine.
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Origin of bramble

before 1000; Middle English; Old English bræmbel, variant of brǣmel, equivalent to brǣm- (cognate with Dutch braam broom) + -el noun suffix
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Related Words for bramble

prick, shrub, thorn, nettle, spray, burr, hedge, cleaver, furze, gorse, thistle, brier

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Historical Examples of bramble

  • They make vinegar also of bramble berries, but this is not so good as the former.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • The esquine partly resembles a creeper and partly a bramble.

    The History of Louisiana

    Le Page Du Pratz

  • The sloe-thorn, and the furze, and the bramble choked up the rails.

  • We lay among the whins and bramble undisturbed till the dusk came on.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • The heron, the cat, and the bramble bought the tithe of a certain parish.

    Welsh Folk-Lore

    Elias Owen

British Dictionary definitions for bramble


  1. any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberrySee also stone bramble
  2. Scot
    1. a blackberry
    2. (as modifier)bramble jelly
  3. any of several similar and related shrubs
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verb (intr)
  1. to gather blackberries
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Derived Formsbrambly, adjective

Word Origin for bramble

Old English brǣmbel; related to Old Saxon brāmal, Old High German brāmo
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bramble


Old English bræmbel "rough, prickly shrub" (especially the blackberry bush), with euphonic -b-, from earlier bræmel, from Proto-Germanic *bræmaz (see broom).

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