- any thorny or prickly shrub, especially gorse.
Origin of whin
1375–1425; late Middle English whynne, apparently < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic hvīngras bent grass, Danish hvene, Swedish (h)ven
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There was two girls in the verandah, an' they ran in whin they saw us.Soldiers Three, Part II.
- another name for gorse
C11: from Scandinavian; compare Old Danish hvine (græs), Norwegian hvine, Swedish hven
- short for whinstone
C14: quin, of obscure origin
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