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Synonyms for briar

Eurasian rose with prickly stems and fragrant leaves and bright pink flowers followed by scarlet hips

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

evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes

a pipe made from the root (briarroot) of the tree heath

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The comte, still paler than Raoul, followed his son, painfully traversing briers and bushes, stones and ditches, Raoul not appearing to touch the earth, no obstacle seeming to impede the lightness of his march.
The area had once been a grass plot, but was now shagged with briers and rank weeds.
He scrambled over rock and stone, through brush and brier, rolled down banks like a hedgehog, scrambled up others like a catamount.
I watched him striding along, through bog and brier, tapping with his stick, until he turned the end of a hill and disappeared in the next hollow.
He darted onward--straight, headlong--dashing through brier and brake, and leaping gate and fence as madly as his dog, who careered with loud and sounding bark before him.
Briers' terrific short pass allowed Mike Cooper to crash over by the posts.
John Briers, 58, abused his position as chief executive of Age Concern South Tyneside to unlawfully pocket hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Det Insp Sally Macdonald, of Northumbria Police, said: "Over a sustained period of time, John Briers systematically defrauded the charity for whom he worked and consistently attempted to divert the blame for his actions.
Devious John Briers was at the helm of Age ConcernSouth Tynesidewhen he pocketed huge amounts of the organisation's money in a disgraceful abuse of his trusted position.
WARRINGTON Wolves and former Wales International Lee Briers has announced his retirement on medical advice.
WARRINGTON'S Lee Briers has urged the RFL to scrap the controversial Club Call - on the day the Wolves pick their opponents for next weekend's Super League semi-finals.
But the Wolves victory was marred in controversy after Lee Briers amazingly escaped a red card.
SWINTON v WHITEHAVEN Premier Sports, 7.30pm LEE BRIERS knows how to raise his game when the occasion calls for it, writes Matthew Ireland.
WARRINGTON talisman Lee Briers spoke of his relief last night after being cleared to play again.
But Richard Briers was one man who was truly deserved of the title.