catbrier

[kat-brahy-er]
noun
  1. 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
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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.

    Missy

    Miriam Coles Harris

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

    Missy

    Miriam Coles Harris