see BLACKBERRY. The word bramble is used as frequently as blackberry for the bush; the two words seem to be interchangeable, though it would be better to reserve blackberry for the fruit. There are occasions when bramble is used for the fruit as well - there may be blackberry jam, but there can never be anything but bramble jelly. The word originally meant anything thorny (Ellacombe) (Shakespeare often used 'thorn' for bramble - Midsummer Night's Dream, iii, 2 - 'For briers and thorns at their apparel snatch', for example (Grindon). In Chaucer's time it had not yet been fixed on this shrub - he used it for Dog Rose, and there is to this day confusion between the words bramble and briar.
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