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or bri·o·ny

noun, plural bry·o·nies.
  1. any Old World vine or climbing plant belonging to the genus Bryonia, of the gourd family, yielding acrid juice having emetic and purgative properties.
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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 bryony

Historical Examples of bryony

  • Like the Purpura and the Pterocera, the bryony and other shells and plants.

    The Evolution of the Dragon

    G. Elliot Smith

  • The hops seem to be the most powerful, and hold the bryony in the background.

    The Toilers of the Field

    Richard Jefferies

  • Without the bryony this preparation is known as Aqua hysterica.

  • Bryony, brī′o-ni, n. a wild climbing plant, common in English hedgerows.

  • Both have vine-like leaves; but the hops are wrinkled, those of the bryony hairy or rough to the touch.

    The Toilers of the Field

    Richard Jefferies

British Dictionary definitions for bryony



noun plural -nies
  1. any of several herbaceous climbing plants of the cucurbitaceous genus Bryonia, of Europe and N AfricaSee also black bryony, white bryony
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Word Origin for bryony

Old English bryōnia, from Latin, from Greek bruōnia
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