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

1
An Americanism dating back to 1830–40; cat + brier1

Words Nearby catbrier

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How to use catbrier in a sentence

  • In the common catbrier or smilax we see two slender thread-like tendrils growing from the base of each leaf.

    Eye Spy | William Hamilton Gibson
  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for cat brier

cat brier

noun
  1. another name for greenbrier

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