Definitions

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  • adj. Like a briar; thorny.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns etc.; -- of plants or animals.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having or covered with protective barbs or quills or spines or thorns or setae etc.

Etymologies

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briar +‎ -y

Examples

  • Spicy, briary hedgerow fruit and nicely firm tannins combine in an inky, dense but impressively vibrant red for red meat and cold evenings.

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  • Out of a briary patch in an old field corner a woodcock rocketed over the trees, its stiff tail feathers whooshing in the darkening air.

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  • A beautiful pale (extremely pale) copper-salmon color, the nose is very reminiscent of sauvignon blanc with fresh squeezed citrus aromas – - grapefuit, lemon and lime – - with subtle hints of herbs and briary strawberry.

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  • The middle two, with their briary "wild" blackberry fruit-driven natures are by far the most popular styles of Zins.

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  • I always detect something Zinfandel-like when I taste this wine, and the 2000 seems to show plenty of expressive notes intermixed with white chocolate, raspberry, briary fruit with a hint of smoked herbs.

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  • He also fabricated a kind of stockings from old woollen rags, which served the double purpose of warmth and security against thorns and briary vines which had so cruelly mangled him before.

    Ralph Rashleigh

  • After breakfast, in returning from the water, we had a feast upon some berries, growing on the briary bushes behind the sand-hills; they were similar to those the natives had offered to us, at the head of the Bight, on the 7th, were very abundant, and just becoming ripe.

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  • "All around the castle," Gemma said, making tucking-in motions tho they were all in sleeping bags in the big tent, "a briary hedge began to gi with thorns as sharp as barbs."

    Briar Rose

  • Cadfael had not been back to see it with his own eyes, but with the inner eye he saw it very clearly, dark, rich soil soon to bring forth new life; green, moist turf and tangled briary headland under the ridge of bushes and trees.

    The Potter's Field

  • Facing that briary jungle on the ground level was a little daunting.

    Star Born

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