[ bram-bling ]
/ ˈbræm blɪŋ /
an Old World finch, Fringilla montifringilla, the male of which is black and white with a reddish-brown breast.
Why Do We Call Them Berries?The berry family is a linguistic invention particular to Germanic languages, like English. Other languages, like Spanish and French, do not combine the wide, diverse berry family into one group, but rather have very different words for blackberries, raspberries, blueberries, and strawberries.
Definition for brambling (2 of 2)
[ bram-buh l ]
/ ˈbræm bəl /
any prickly shrub belonging to the genus Rubus, of the rose family.
British. the common blackberry.
any rough, prickly shrub, as the dog rose.
verb (used without object), bram·bled, bram·bling.
British. to look for and gather wild blackberries; pick blackberries from the vine.
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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Examples from the Web for brambling
In February, 1911, a brambling was brought to me for identification.In a Cheshire Garden|Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton
British Dictionary definitions for brambling (1 of 2)
/ (ˈbræmblɪŋ) /
a Eurasian finch, Fringilla montifringilla, with a speckled head and back and, in the male, a reddish brown breast and darker wings and tail
British Dictionary definitions for brambling (2 of 2)
/ (ˈbræmbəl) /
any of various prickly herbaceous plants or shrubs of the rosaceous genus Rubus, esp the blackberrySee also stone bramble
- a blackberry
- (as modifier)bramble jelly
any of several similar and related shrubs
to gather blackberries
Derived Formsbrambly, adjective
Word Origin for bramble
Old English brǣmbel; related to Old Saxon brāmal, Old High German brāmo
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Word Origin and History for brambling
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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