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brier

or

briar,

name sometimes given any thorny plant, more specifically the sweetbriersweetbrier,
 sweetbriar,
or eglantine
[O. Fr. from Lat.,=needle], wild rose of Europe (Rosa eglanteria), cultivated and now naturalized in the United States.
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, and the greenbrier. French brier, or brierroot, is a name for the root of the European white heathheath,
in botany, common name for some members of the Ericaceae, a family of chiefly evergreen shrubs with berry or capsule fruits. Plants of the heath family form the characteristic vegetation of many regions with acid soils, particularly the moors, swamps, and mountain slopes
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 so widely used in the manufacture of smoking pipes.

brier

, briar
any of various thorny shrubs or other plants, such as the sweetbrier and greenbrier
References in classic literature ?
Wild vines entangled the trees and flaunted in their faces; brambles and briers caught their clothes as they passed; the garter snake glided across their path; the spotted toad hopped and waddled before them; and the restless catbird mewed at them from every thicket.
The area had once been a grass plot, but was now shagged with briers and rank weeds.
I watched him striding along, through bog and brier, tapping with his stick, until he turned the end of a hill and disappeared in the next hollow.
The comte, still paler than Raoul, followed his son, painfully traversing briers and bushes, stones and ditches, Raoul not appearing to touch the earth, no obstacle seeming to impede the lightness of his march.
One crawled through tight-locked briers and branches, and found oneself on the very edge, peering out and down through a green screen.
Natural affections and instincts, my dear sir, are the most beautiful of the Almighty's works, but like other beautiful works of His, they must be reared and fostered, or it is as natural that they should be wholly obscured, and that new feelings should usurp their place, as it is that the sweetest productions of the earth, left untended, should be choked with weeds and briers.
But then the dawn of bitter recollection that succeeded - the waking to find life a blank, and worse than a blank, teeming with torment and misery - not a mere barren wilderness, but full of thorns and briers - to find myself deceived, duped, hopeless, my affections trampled upon, my angel not an angel, and my friend a fiend incarnate - it was worse than if I had not slept at all.
Spence's memo also painted Brier as something of a modern Everyman victimized by corporate greed.
He leaves two children, Nicholas Brier and Savanna Brier, both of Spencer; three brothers, Anthony Brier of Concord, Shawn Brier and Michael Brooks, both of Worcester; two sisters, Yvonne Brooks of Worcester and Ann Marie Brooks of Conway; nephews and nieces.
GOLF: Austrian Markus Brier admitted he rode his luck at times but still felt he was good value for his one-stroke lead following the opening round at the Volvo China Open.
Late in the night on Christmas Eve, 1849, Juliet Brier was alone with her three sons in the desert of Death Valley.
La Crescenta resident Marvin Brier, a retired computer analyst who spent several years and more than $100,000 investigating the fund while helping his daughter with a child-custody issue, said the investigation is long overdue and could help clean up the child custody system.