1. (Science: botany) Any plant of the genus rubus, including the raspberry and blackberry. Hence: Any rough, prickly shrub. The thorny brambles, and embracing bushes. (Shak)
2. (Science: zoology) The brambling or bramble finch.
Origin: oe. Brembil, as.brmbel, brmbel (akin to OHG. Bramal), fr. The same root as E. Broom, as. Brm. See broom.