Definition of bryony in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbrīənē/

noun (plural bryonies)

1 (also white bryony) A climbing plant that has greenish-white flowers, red berries, and springlike tendrils. Native to Eurasia, it is the only British member of the gourd family.
  • Bryonia dioica, family Cucurbitaceae.
Example sentences
  • The author suggests that the mandrake tradition may have originated in Persia, and other plants may have been previously similarly used in Northern Europe (e.g. bryony, Bryonia dioica) and in China (ginseng, Panax ginseng).
  • The white bryony flowers are very small and have green veins.
  • The two listed active ingredients, white bryony (a type of vine) and potassium dichromate, are diluted to .000001 PPM and 1 PPM respectively.
2 (black bryony) A climbing plant with broad glossy leaves, poisonous red berries, and black tubers. Native to Europe, it is the only British member of the yam family.
  • Tamus communis, family Dioscoreaceae.
Example sentences
  • Here the hedges are best, not trimmed in brutal tidiness but rampant with hip-laden roses and garlanded by vivid bryony berries; and sprouting pithy wands of elder, strong grey spears of ash and angular spikes of black berried sloes.
  • Black Bryony is a popular remedy for removing discoloration caused by bruises and black eyes, etc.
  • Its sprays of tiny greenish-yellow flowers are followed by glossy red berries which are poisonous. Cattle can become addicted to black bryony and sometimes die as a result.


Old English, via Latin from Greek bruōnia.

Words that rhyme with bryony

Briony, Hermione

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Syllabification: bry·o·ny

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