Briar vs Zeriba - What's the difference?

briar | zeriba |


As nouns the difference between briar and zeriba

is that briar is any of many plants with thorny stems growing in dense clusters, such as many in the rosa, rubus'', and ''smilax genera or briar can be the white heath, while zeriba is a fence, particularly those once commonly improvised in northeastern africa from thornbushes.

As a verb zeriba is

to erect or take refuge within a zereba.

briar

English

(wikipedia briar) (Erica arborea)

Alternative forms

* brier

Etymology 1

From (etyl) .

Noun

(en noun)
  • Any of many plants with thorny stems growing in dense clusters, such as many in the Rosa, Rubus'', and ''Smilax genera.
  • , a thorny Mediterranean shrub.
  • A pipe for smoking, made from the roots of that shrub.
  • (figurative) Anything sharp or unpleasant to the feelings.
  • * (rfdate) (Cowper)
  • The thorns and briers of reproof.
    Derived terms
    * briar-patch

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) , assimilated with Etymology 1, above.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The white heath, .
  • A pipe made from the root of this plant.
  • Derived terms
    * briar-pipe

    zeriba

    English

    Alternative forms

    * zareba (particularly in figurative uses) * seriba, sariba * zerybeh * zereba, zareeba, zerriba

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • A fence, particularly those once commonly improvised in northeastern Africa from thornbushes.
  • * 1849 , O'Reilly translating Werne, Exped. Sources White Nile , II 112:
  • A shining seriba of reeds, the stalks of which ... perhaps only afford resistance to tame animals.
  • * 1895 , A. H. Keane translating W. Junker, Trav. in Afr. , I v 245:
  • The expression ‘'zeriba country ’ applied by some geographers to the northern slope of the Nile–Congo divide.
  • (label) An improvised stockade, particularly those similarly located and constructed.
  • * 1884 Mar. 11, Times , 5:
  • The Black Watch (Royal Highlanders) advanced this morning to Baker Pasha's zariba .
  • (label) A camp of troops employing such an enclosure.
  • * 1887''' Apr. 9, ''Times , 5:
  • ...Forming a zariba , or square, to resist cavalry.
  • (label) Any wild and barbed barrier, evocative of a briar or thorn patch.
  • * 1910 , :
  • Once you had passed the initial zareba of fruit stands, souvenir stands, ice-cream stands, and the lair of the enthusiast whose aim in life it was to sell you picture post-cards, and had won through to the long walk where the seats were, you were practically alone with Nature.
  • * 1961 , P. G. Wodehouse, Ice in Bedroom , vii. 52:
  • Owing to his obiter dicta having to be filtered through a zareba of white hair, it was not always easy to catch exactly what Mr. Cornelius said.

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To erect or take refuge within a zereba.
  • * 1885 July, 19th Cent. , 89:
  • The Brigadier ordered the force to zereba on the best position that was near.
  • * 1911 , "Somaliland" in the Encyclopædia Britannica 11th ed., Vol. 25:
  • On the 2nd of June a small force, zeribaed under Captain Malcolm McNeill, was attacked by the mullah's followers but repulsed after desperate fighting.

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