Definition of bramble in English:

bramble

Line breaks: bram¦ble
Pronunciation: /ˈbramb(ə)l
 
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noun

  • 1A prickly scrambling shrub of the rose family, especially a blackberry.
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    • Gone were the blossoms of blackthorns, brambles, sweet roses, violets, and pungent garlics.
    • Shrouded in bracken and blackberry brambles is a bush dangling dozens of berries like Christmas tree ornaments.
    • And at the other end is a garden all in brambles and briar rose.
  • 1.1British The fruit of the blackberry.
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    • The wine is very juicy with ripe berry fruit, brambles, a sprinkling of spice and round tannins.
    • It has flavours of cranberry, cherry, raspberry, brambles, plum tomatoes and black pepper.
    • Some fruit, such as strawberries, brambles and cherries, have low pectin levels and so extra must be added to ensure a good set.

verb

[no object] (usually as noun brambling) British Back to top  
  • Gather blackberries: why don’t we go brambling some day?
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    • Brambling always makes me feel somewhat like the prince in Sleeping Beauty, fighting through the thorns to reach the prize.
    • I have already been brambling.
    • That’s what I did on a couple of days earlier this week when we spent time ‘brambling’ and picking blackberries to make jam.

Derivatives

brambly

adjective
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  • Pointer-type breeds were partially docked for motility; some spaniels because brambly debris was too difficult to clean from the plumey fur.
  • In the end, though, it is attention to detail that keeps this good book from being great, that keeps it down among the brambly shadows of the scrub and canyons.
  • Eve's relationship with this man, her superior, is brambly and intriguing; she is unable to work him out.

Origin

Old English bræmbel, brǣmel, of Germanic origin; related to broom.

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