greenbrier definition

  • noun:
    • See catbrier.
    • Any of a number of United states prickly woody vines of this genus Smilax; the catbrier
    • A plant of genus Smilax, especially S. rotundifolia, a greenish-yellow climbing plant with prickly stem and thick leaves.
    • an extremely prickly woody vine for the eastern United States developing in tangled masses having hard round stems with shiny leathery leaves and little greenish blossoms accompanied by clusters of inedible shiny black fruits

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