American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Any of several woody, usually prickly dioecious vines of the genus Smilax, having greenish unisexual flowers, heart-shaped leaves, and usually bluish to black berries. Also called greenbrier, smilax.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A name given in the United States to species of Smilax.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. several species of Smilax (Smilax rotundifolia, etc.)
- n. a very prickly woody vine of eastern U.S. (Smilax rotundifolia) growing in tangled masses, having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries.
- n. a very prickly woody vine of the eastern United States growing in tangled masses having tough round stems with shiny leathery leaves and small greenish flowers followed by clusters of inedible shiny black berries
“The two cardinals that sat in the catbrier between visits to the feeders were waiting for me to leave.”
“Whether it's a sedge-rimmed Alberta pond or a Georgia slough choked with catbrier, pocket water that has been created by beaver, nature's most impressive engineers, provides intimate, up-close-and-personal duck hunting.”
“Fertilizers, which you can buy at most hardware stores, help release nutrients in plants -- such as witch hazel, honeysuckle, and catbrier, all foods that whitetails already prefer -- and make them even more attractive.”
“On the walk there our legs got a good lashing from the catbrier and blackberry stickers.”
“In autumn and early winter, cedar and honeysuckle berries, the grape-like cluster of fruit of the poison ivy, bittersweet and catbrier berries are all consumed according to their needs.”
“Then he indulges in a fit of merriment at his own jokes -- 'chatter-chatter-chat-chat-chat-chat-chat' he says, calling his own name as he slips away to the security of a catbrier or barberry bush.”
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