briar briar  /b ˈraɪ ər/


  1. (n) Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips
  2. (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
  3. (n) evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes
  4. (n) a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath


  1. No peace pipe is the briar that Japan's crop-haired Foreign Minister Yosuke Matsuoka smokes vehemently on all occasions.
  2. As he puffs on his briar and voices dispassionate opinions about the looming crisis, he exudes the old-fashioned values of patriotism and self-reliance.
  3. Mustafa Kemal Pasha has taken the fez off Turkey's head, put on a hat instead; but even Dictator Kemal has not put a briar pipe in Turkey's mouth.


  1. Students get hands-on experience at Briar Cliff nursing camp

    Madison Runland learned that there is more to nursing than passing pills and following the doctor's orders during a nursing camp last week at Briar Cliff University.
    on June 28, 2013     Source: Sioux City Journal

  2. Open Theater Project helps raise money for One Fund in Brighton

    Approximately 60 people came to The Green Briar Irish Pub on Washington Street in Brighton Sunday evening for the Open Theater Project's “Acting Out Against Violence” event.
    on June 27, 2013     Source: Allston-Brighton Tab

  3. Master's program at BCU gives teachers new opportunities

    Briar Cliff University has a Master's program that fits with the governor's education initiative.
    on June 25, 2013     Source: KTIV Sioux City


  1. "I'm Br'er Rabbit. I got to go back in the briar patch and tell more stories," Burns says, recognizing a good sound bite when he hears one. "I didn't change the essential integrity of the film. It was a win-win."
    on Aug 12, 2007 By: Ken Burns Source: Philadelphia Inquirer

  2. "The cynic would say, 'OK, you're in the briar patch. Now, you're going to take the heat for those vetoes,'" Sanford said after the meeting. "The optimist would say, 'No, here's an opportunity.' We've been talking about it for years, to sit...
    on Jun 30, 2010 By: Mark Sanford Source: Myrtle Beach Sun News

  3. "He wants a tough-minded football team," Raye said. "He's a middle linebacker that understands the grunt part of the game, the briar patch if you will. He wanted to find someone with a similar vision."
    on Jan 30, 2009 By: Jimmy Raye Source: Sacramento Bee

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