- any Old World vine or climbing plant belonging to the genus Bryonia, of the gourd family, yielding acrid juice having emetic and purgative properties.
Origin of bryony
before 1000; Middle English brionie, Old English bryōnia < Latin < Greek: a wild vine
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Examples from the Web for briony
When romancing the dewy Briony, the cosmopolitan New Yorker Andrew sounds like the creepy European Humbert Humbert.The Brain Man: What is E. L. Doctorow Up to?
January 13, 2014
In its perfect state, it feeds on the blossom of the briony.Insect Architecture
To-day there was neither gravedigger nor robin—only the soft drip, drip of the rain on dock and thistle, fern and briony.Mount Royal, Volume 2 of 3
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
The Briony, which bears in its root a mark significative of a dropsical mans feet, was adopted as a cure for dropsy.Plant Lore, Legends, and Lyrics
The claspers of briony shoot into a spiral, and lay hold of whatever comes in their way for support.
The girl sat before him swathed in a darkness, with the edges of the briony leaves shining deadly—radiant above—young Hecate!Sandra Belloni, Complete
- a variant spelling of bryony
Old English bryōnia, from Latin, from Greek bruōnia
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