briar (n.) Old form(s): briers
thorn, prickly branch
AYL I.iii.12[Rosalind to Celia] O, how full of briars is this working-day world!
TNK II.i.197.1[Emilia to Woman, of a rose reacting to the north wind] She locks her beauties in her bud again, / And leaves him to base briars [i.e. repels him]
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