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- n. Obsolete form of brier.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A brier.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See breer.
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Quan the brere was onbred, than hadde it non rynd;
And build their mossy homes in field and brere; 160
She's dearer to my eye than the rose upon the brere;
Bonny lassie O! The bloom's on the brere, bonny lassie O! Oak apples on the tree; and wilt thou gang to see
And build their mossy homes in field and brere; _160
(although it should be noted that at this time final "e" was NOT silent, but could be sounded if needed for the metre). partial glossary: brere: briar, thorny stem of rose dowve: dove drueries: tokens, gifts ey: egg fer: far flour: flower lemman: lover longynge: longing ony: any rynde: bark, rind see: sea ston: stone suster: sister unbred: not yet sprouted, in seed wythouten: without
Lyk to the skin of houndfish, sharp as brere; or an old man’s neck —