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brier

brier or briar, name sometimes given any thorny plant, more specifically the sweetbrier, and the greenbrier. French brier, or brierroot, is a name for the root of the European white heath so widely used in the manufacture of smoking pipes.
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brier

, briar
any of various thorny shrubs or other plants, such as the sweetbrier and greenbrier
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