Definition of briery:
waspish, prickly, bristly, barbed, biting, burred, briary, armed, setose, setaceous, pricky, thorny, burry, thistly, nipping, spinous, barbellate, splenetic, spiny, sharp, echinate, pungent, mordacious, bristled.
Of course it happened, and of course by the purest accident, that Mark and Sally first reached the opposite bank, and took the narrow wood- road, where the loose, briery sprays of the thickets brushed them on either side.- "The Story Of Kennett", Bayard Taylor.
Only by creeping cautiously towards the roadside tangle, where this " rollicking polyglot" is entertaining himself and his mate, brooding over her speckled eggs in a bulky nest set in a most inaccessible briery part of the thicket, can you hope to hear him rattle through his variety performance.- "Bird-Neighbors", Blanchan, Neltje.
They had been pacing up and down the dim avenue, and they were now drawing near the leafless shrubbery at one end of the lime- walk- the shrubbery in which the ruined well sheltered its unheeded decay among the tangled masses of briery underwood.- "Lady Audley's Secret", Mary Elizabeth Braddon.