from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Wood from the root of the briar.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun wood from the hard woody root of the briar Erica arborea; used to make tobacco pipes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun wood from the hard woody root of the briar Erica arborea; used to make tobacco pipes


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  • Colorful old geezer who walks everyplace with this gnarled briarwood cane, almost as tall as he is, and a big straw hat on his head.

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  • A briarwood pipe is cold in the ashtray on his neatly arranged desk, and the faint aroma of aromatic tobacco always lingers.


  • "Smith," said Handy, "you take the cake," removing the briarwood from his mouth to knock the ashes from the bowl preparatory to loading up for

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  • "Brace up, my hearty," said Handy, removing the briarwood from his lips.

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  • The veteran remained thoughtful, taking some consolation from his briarwood and a steaming hot Scotch.

    A Pirate of Parts

  • Then, after carefully loading his briarwood, he summoned his man

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  • From the same we find a lyric detailing the loss of a briarwood pipe stolen in a raid, which the grieving 'sojer' trusts (as we most sincerely do with him) may be found when Richmond's taken.

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  • Seated on an up-turned bucket, drawing meditatively on his well-seasoned briarwood, he looked a perfect picture of content.

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  • She managed to convey to him -- without hurting his aged feelings or overwhelming him with embarrassment -- that if he preferred a clean churchwarden or his old briarwood, he need not feel obliged to smoke the new pipe.

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  • Bowl of a briarwood pipe, serrated at the edge; much worn and blackened; bound with string at the crew.

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