any prickly vine of the genus Smilax, especially S. rotundifolia, of eastern North America, growing in tangled masses.

Origin of catbrier

An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; cat + brier1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for catbrier

Historical Examples of catbrier

  • Sometimes it is a stem of the catbrier; again a rose or blackberry.

    In the Open

    Stanton Davis Kirkham

  • The sun was behind the cedar and barberry and catbrier banks.


    Miriam Coles Harris

  • There was privet budding and hawthorn fading, and barberry and catbrier and wild grape, in fresh June coloring.


    Miriam Coles Harris