or bri·o·ny


noun, plural bry·o·nies.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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noun plural -nies

any of several herbaceous climbing plants of the cucurbitaceous genus Bryonia, of Europe and N AfricaSee also black bryony, white bryony

Word Origin for bryony

Old English bryōnia, from Latin, from Greek bruōnia
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