[ green-brahy-er ]


Origin of greenbrier

An Americanism dating back to 1775–85; green + brier1

Words Nearby greenbrier Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use greenbrier in a sentence

  • In 1757 the greenbrier Company secured 100,000 acres of land on the western waters.

    The Colonization of North America | Herbert Eugene Bolton
  • This was the last outrage committed by the Indians in the greenbrier settlements.

    Chronicles of Border Warfare | Alexander Scott Withers
  • greenbrier pinned him sadly but firmly to the wall with a hand the size, shape and color of a McClellan saddle.

  • The storm was so sudden and tremendous that greenbrier's first impulse was to lie down and grab a root.

  • I'm as good a Westerner as you are, greenbrier; but, somehow, I can't make up my mind to go back out there.

British Dictionary definitions for greenbrier


/ (ˈɡriːnˌbraɪə) /

  1. any of several prickly climbing plants of the liliaceous genus Smilax, esp S. rotundifolia of the eastern US, which has small green flowers and blackish berries: Also called: cat brier

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