Origin of furze
before 1000; Middle English furse, firse, Old English fyr(e)s; akin to Russian pyréĭ couch grass, Greek pȳrós wheat, Lithuanian dialect pūraĩ winter wheat
Also called, especially British, whin.
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Examples from the Web for furze
But behold, DiCaprio, whose volcanic growth of furze is surely proof that the vogue for beards needs to be trimmed back.Leo, the Beard Has to Go: When a Man’s Facial Hair Reaches Crisis Point
September 22, 2014
Furze was set on fire by the ardent spirit, the bull of battle.Y Gododin
The sloe-thorn, and the furze, and the bramble choked up the rails.Leading Articles on Various Subjects
Now, they were all in the gap of the furze bushes, struggling in the shallow stream.
There was one gap in the furze at the mouth of a tributary ghyll.
But I recoiled as I saw that I was standing on a barren common, covered with furze.The Miraculous Revenge
- another name for gorse
Old English fyrs
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Word Origin and History for furze
"evergreen shrub," Old English fyrs, of unknown origin, with no known connections.
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