Definition of greenbrier in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡrēnˌbrī(ə)r/
(also greenbriar)


A green-stemmed North American vine of the lily family, typically prickly and with blue-black berries. Also called catbrier.
Example sentences
  • The undergrowth is often dense with dwarf palmettos and with such vines as earleaf, saw greenbriers (both very prickly), muscadine, and summer grape, all tough on hikers.
  • Common midstory and understory species included red maple, American beech, greenbrier, and spicebush.
  • Because the canopy is relatively open here, the vegetation is often overgrown with rattan vine, greenbrier, wild grape, pepper vine, trumpet creeper, Virginia creeper, and poison ivy.

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Syllabification: green·bri·er

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