or sweet·bri·ar



a rose, Rosa eglanteria, of Europe and central Asia, having a tall stem, stout, hooked prickles often mixed with bristles, and single, pink flowers.

Origin of sweetbrier

First recorded in 1530–40; sweet + brier1
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Examples from the Web for sweetbrier

Historical Examples of sweetbrier

  • Sweetbrier, and honey, coffee, and baked apples—really delicious.

    The Freelands

    John Galsworthy

  • He held out his hand; Champney handed him a sweetbrier and a tobacco pouch.

    Flamsted quarries

    Mary E. Waller

  • The man who painted it didn't know a sweetbrier from a thistle.

    That Fortune

    Charles Dudley Warner

  • The lawns, bright and soft, sloped for half a mile to the sweetbrier hedge.

  • He now gave us some roses and sweetbrier, and let us out from his pleasant garden.

    Our Old Home, Vol. 2

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

British Dictionary definitions for sweetbrier



a Eurasian rose, Rosa rubiginosa, having a tall bristly stem, fragrant leaves, and single pink flowersAlso called: eglantine
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