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Green brier

Source : Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

Brier \Bri"er\, Briar \Bri"ar\, n. [OE. brere, brer, AS.
   br[=e]r, br[ae]r; cf. Ir. briar prickle, thorn, brier, pin,
   Gael. preas bush, brier, W. prys, prysg.]
   1. A plant with a slender woody stem bearing stout prickles;
      especially, species of {Rosa}, {Rubus}, and {Smilax}.

   2. Fig.: Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings.

            The thorns and briers of reproof.     --Cowper.

   {Brier root}, the root of the southern {Smilax laurifolia}
      and {S. Walteri}; -- used for tobacco pipes.

   {Cat brier}, {Green brier}, several species of Smilax ({S.
      rotundifolia}, etc.)

   {Sweet brier} ({Rosa rubiginosa}). See {Sweetbrier}.

   {Yellow brier}, the {Rosa Eglantina}.

Green \Green\, a. [Compar. {Greener}; superl. {Greenest.}] [OE.
   grene, AS. gr?ne; akin to D. groen, OS. gr?ni, OHG. gruoni,
   G. gr?n, Dan. & Sw. gr?n, Icel. gr?nn; fr. the root of E.
   grow. See {Grow.}]
   1. Having the color of grass when fresh and growing;
      resembling that color of the solar spectrum which is
      between the yellow and the blue; verdant; emerald.

   2. Having a sickly color; wan.

            To look so green and pale.            --Shak.

   3. Full of life aud vigor; fresh and vigorous; new; recent;
      as, a green manhood; a green wound.

            As valid against such an old and beneficent
            government as against . . . the greenest usurpation.

   4. Not ripe; immature; not fully grown or ripened; as, green
      fruit, corn, vegetables, etc.

   5. Not roasted; half raw. [R.]

            We say the meat is green when half roasted. --L.

   6. Immature in age or experience; young; raw; not trained;
      awkward; as, green in years or judgment.

            I might be angry with the officious zeal which
            supposes that its green conceptions can instruct my
            gray hairs.                           --Sir W.

   7. Not seasoned; not dry; containing its natural juices; as,
      green wood, timber, etc. --Shak.

   {Green brier} (Bot.), a thorny climbing shrub ({Emilaz
      rotundifolia}) having a yellowish green stem and thick
      leaves, with small clusters of flowers, common in the
      United States; -- called also {cat brier}.

   {Green con} (Zo["o]l.), the pollock.

   {Green crab} (Zo["o]l.), an edible, shore crab ({Carcinus
      menas}) of Europe and America; -- in New England locally
      named {joe-rocker}.

   {Green crop}, a crop used for food while in a growing or
      unripe state, as distingushed from a grain crop, root
      crop, etc.

   {Green diallage}. (Min.)
      (a) Diallage, a variety of pyroxene.
      (b) Smaragdite.

   {Green dragon} (Bot.), a North American herbaceous plant
      ({Aris[ae]ma Dracontium}), resembling the Indian turnip;
      -- called also {dragon root}.

   {Green earth} (Min.), a variety of glauconite, found in
      cavities in amygdaloid and other eruptive rock, and used
      as a pigment by artists; -- called also {mountain green}.

   {Green ebony}.
      (a) A south American tree ({Jacaranda ovalifolia}), having
          a greenish wood, used for rulers, turned and inlaid
          work, and in dyeing.
      (b) The West Indian green ebony. See {Ebony}.

   {Green fire} (Pyrotech.), a composition which burns with a
      green flame. It consists of sulphur and potassium
      chlorate, with some salt of barium (usually the nitrate),
      to which the color of the flame is due.

   {Green fly} (Zo["o]l.), any green species of plant lice or
      aphids, esp. those that infest greenhouse plants.

   {Green gage}, (Bot.) See {Greengage}, in the Vocabulary.

   {Green gland} (Zo["o]l.), one of a pair of large green glands
      in Crustacea, supposed to serve as kidneys. They have
      their outlets at the bases of the larger antenn[ae].

   {Green hand}, a novice. [Colloq.]

   {Green heart} (Bot.), the wood of a lauraceous tree found in
      the West Indies and in South America, used for
      shipbuilding or turnery. The green heart of Jamaica and
      Guiana is the {Nectandra Rodi[oe]i}, that of Martinique is
      the {Colubrina ferruginosa}.

   {Green iron ore} (Min.) dufrenite.

   {Green laver} (Bot.), an edible seaweed ({Ulva latissima});
      -- called also {green sloke}.

   {Green lead ore} (Min.), pyromorphite.

   {Green linnet} (Zo["o]l.), the greenfinch.

   {Green looper} (Zo["o]l.), the cankerworm.

   {Green marble} (Min.), serpentine.

   {Green mineral}, a carbonate of copper, used as a pigment.
      See {Greengill}.

   {Green monkey} (Zo["o]l.) a West African long-tailed monkey
      ({Cercopithecus callitrichus}), very commonly tamed, and
      trained to perform tricks. It was introduced into the West
      Indies early in the last century, and has become very
      abundant there.

   {Green salt of Magnus} (Old Chem.), a dark green crystalline
      salt, consisting of ammonia united with certain chlorides
      of platinum.

   {Green sand} (Founding) molding sand used for a mold while
      slightly damp, and not dried before the cast is made.

   {Green sea} (Naut.), a wave that breaks in a solid mass on a
      vessel's deck.

   {Green sickness} (Med.), chlorosis.

   {Green snake} (Zo["o]l.), one of two harmless American snakes
      ({Cyclophis vernalis}, and {C. [ae]stivus}). They are
      bright green in color.

   {Green turtle} (Zo["o]l.), an edible marine turtle. See

   {Green vitriol}.
      (a) (Chem.) Sulphate of iron; a light green crystalline
          substance, very extensively used in the preparation of
          inks, dyes, mordants, etc.
      (b) (Min.) Same as {copperas}, {melanterite} and {sulphate
          of iron}.

   {Green ware}, articles of pottery molded and shaped, but not
      yet baked.

   {Green woodpecker} (Zo["o]l.), a common European woodpecker
      ({Picus viridis}); -- called also {yaffle}.
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