Related formsbri·ar·y, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for briary

Historical Examples of briary

  • Facing that briary jungle on the ground level was a little daunting.

    Star Born

    Andre Norton

  • They could hear faintly the voices of a few Englishmen who cursed as they wandered among the briary undergrowth.

    Star of Mercia

    Blanche Devereux

  • Its condition is recorded therein as that of heathy, furzy, briary wilderness—‘Bruaria.’

    The Hardy Country

    Charles G. Harper

  • The sound came from the further corner of the deserted quarry, where a crest of soft and shingly rock overhung a briary thicket.

    Cripps, the Carrier

    R. D. (Richard Doddridge) Blackmore

  • Every few yards they had to climb half rotted tree trunks studded with briary creepers and alive with ants.

British Dictionary definitions for briary




  1. Also called: tree heath an ericaceous shrub, Erica arborea, of S Europe, having a hard woody root (briarroot)
  2. a tobacco pipe made from the root of this plant
Derived Formsbriary or briery, adjective

Word Origin for briar

C19: from French bruyère heath, from Late Latin brūcus, of Gaulish origin


  1. a variant spelling of brier 1
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Word Origin and History for briary



see brier (n.1).

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