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For Briers, see Briers (disambiguation).

Briar (also spelt brier) is a common name for a number of unrelated thicket-forming thorny plants, including species in the genera Rosa (Rose), Rubus, and Smilax.

Briar, Briars or Brier may also refer to:




  • Briars, Saint Helena, a small pavilion in which Napoleon Bonaparte stayed
  • The Briars, also known as The Briars Homestead, Mount Martha, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


  • Briar Rose, the name of Sleeping Beauty in some versions of the story
  • Briar Moss, from the Circle of Magic and Circle Opens quartets by Tamora Pierce
  • The Briar King, a novel by Greg Keyes
  • Huckleberry Briar, a district in Strawberryland from the Strawberry Shortcake series, where Huckleberry Pie resides
  • Briar Cudgeon, a crazed ex-commander who wants revenge from Artemis Fowl
  • Briar, the evil sister of Rose in Bone (comic)
  • In Barbara Allen, a well-known folk ballad, the title character is identified with a briar: for instance, Joan Baez's 1961 version has "Out of Sweet William's heart, there grew a rose, out of Barbara Allen's, a briar."[1]


  • Brier score, a probability-related measure
  • Briar wood, wood from the root of Erica arborea, used for making smoking pipes
  • Briar (software), a project and application for mesh networking and resilient communications
  • Tim Hortons Brier (or simply "The Brier"), the Canadian men's curling championship

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  1. ^ Joan, Baez. "Barbara Allen". Retrieved 16 January 2015.