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  1. an Old World finch, Fringilla montifringilla, the male of which is black and white with a reddish-brown breast.
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Origin of brambling

1560–70; earlier bramlin (bram- (variant of broom) + -lin -ling1); akin to German Brämling


[bram-buh l]
  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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  • In February, 1911, a brambling was brought to me for identification.

    In a Cheshire Garden

    Geoffrey Egerton-Warburton

British Dictionary definitions for brambling


  1. a Eurasian finch, Fringilla montifringilla, with a speckled head and back and, in the male, a reddish brown breast and darker wings and tail
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  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

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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