I don't understand the difference between these words.

Whats does mean each word? In whats cases, can I use each word?

I saw these words in Google Translate, Collins, Lexico.

Google Translate - both words mean barbed (adv).

Lexico - bristly means barbed (adv) - as I'm understood. briery - not find this word.

Collins - same as Lexico.

I'm not sure that Google Translate correctly translated briery 'cause Google Translate offered me one result only. Also, Collins and Lexico have not this word. It looks like English has no word. But Google Translate translated it.

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    Hi, I was one of three users who voted to close the same question which you deleted on EL&U. You should tell us what word or expression you were trying to translate in English and why you think briery is a word you need to learn, it is very rarely used in the English language. I found another source here
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented May 15, 2020 at 10:39

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I wouldn't rely on anything that Google translate says, especially for obscure words.

If you consult a good dictionary like the Cambridge dictionary, it says that bristly is "with short stiff hairs" it's a term you would use about a man who hasn't shaved for a couple of days, or about a toothbrush.

Briary isn't in the dictionary, but something that is briary is like a briar, which is "a wild bush, especially a rose bush with long stems and sharp thorns". You would use briary about a plant that has sharp thorns.

  • I say about briery, not briary. Or do you want to say that briery and briary mean the same?
    – Junior L
    Commented May 15, 2020 at 10:16
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    Brier is a spelling variant of briar. Commented May 15, 2020 at 10:25
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    vocabulary.com/dictionary/briery Quotations: We hear them most often in bushy fields and open second-growths, along hedge-rows or from briery clumps in which the bird's nest may be hidden
    – Mari-Lou A
    Commented May 15, 2020 at 10:40
  • I want to thank all. Now I more understand about these words.
    – Junior L
    Commented May 15, 2020 at 10:53

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