from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See bryony.

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

  • noun See bryony.

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  • noun Alternative form of bryony.

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

  • noun a vine of the genus Bryonia having large leaves and small flowers and yielding acrid juice with emetic and purgative properties


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  • Another gate delivered them into the second court, grass-grown, and more wild than the first, where, as she surveyed through the twilight its desolation — its lofty walls, overtopt with briony, moss and nightshade, and the embattled towers that rose above, — long-suffering and murder came to her thoughts.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • She looked fearfully on the almost roofless walls, green with damps, and on the gothic points of the windows, where the ivy and the briony had long supplied the place of glass, and ran mantling among the broken capitals of some columns, that had once supported the roof.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • On the grey walls, the moss had fastened, and, round the pointed windows of the chapel, the ivy and the briony hung in many

    The Mysteries of Udolpho

  • The ground was padded with pine-needles, briony berries shone in the hedgerows below, and hips and haws and rowans also rioted in red.

    The Beth Book Being a Study of the Life of Elizabeth Caldwell Maclure, a Woman of Genius

  • As a rule, the fistula is dilated by a tent of alder-pith, mandragora, briony or gentian, the lining membrane destroyed by an ointment of quick-lime or even the actual cautery, and the wound then dressed with egg-albumen followed by the _unguentum viride_.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • The treatment consists generally in ointments and collyria in abundance, but in fistula lachrymalis incision and tents of alder-pith, mandragora (_malum terrae_), briony, gentian, etc., are recommended, and entropion is referred directly to the surgeon.

    Gilbertus Anglicus Medicine of the Thirteenth Century

  • Take a quart of lye prepared from the ashes of vine twigs, briony, celandine roots, and tumeric, of each half an ounce; saffron and lily roots, of each two drams; flowers of mullein, yellow stechas, broom, and St. John's wort, of each a dram.

    The Ladies Book of Useful Information Compiled from many sources

  • The earth was fuller of color than in the painted spring; the hedgerows were hung with brilliant berries in wreaths and clusters, luminous briony and honeysuckle, and the ebony gloss of the privet making more vivid the bright red of the hips and the dark red of the haws.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • So he kissed her and they parted, and lay down and slept; she among her comrades under the apple-tree, and he under the briony in the hedge; and the moon came out of her dream and watched theirs.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard

  • By the light of the Queen Moon, now at her full in heaven, he saw that the orchard grass was clipped, and patterned with small clover, but against the hedges rose wild banks of meadowsweet and yarrow and the jolly ragwort, and briony with its heart-shaped leaf and berry as red as heart's-blood made a bower above them all.

    Martin Pippin in the Apple Orchard


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