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bramble

Syllabification: bram·ble
Pronunciation: /ˈbrambəl
 
/

Definition of bramble in English:

noun

A prickly scrambling vine or shrub, especially a blackberry or other wild shrub of the rose family.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

More
  • broom from (Old English):

    Old English brōm was the name of the shrub. Of Germanic origin, it is related to Old English bramble. The name was applied to an implement for sweeping in Middle English when it was made of broom, heather, or similar twigs. The history of brush (Middle English) is not so clear, but both the brush for sweeping and the brush as in brushwood come from French and are probably the same word.

Derivatives

brambly

1
Pronunciation: /-b(ə)lē/
adjective
Example sentences
  • 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.

Words that rhyme with bramble

amble, Campbell, gamble, gambol, ramble, scramble, shamble

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