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whin

[hwin, win] /ʰwɪn, wɪn/
noun, Chiefly British.
1.
any thorny or prickly shrub, especially gorse.
Origin of whin
late Middle English
1375-1425
1375-1425; late Middle English whynne, apparently < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic hvīngras bent grass, Danish hvene, Swedish (h)ven
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  • We lay among the whins and bramble undisturbed till the dusk came on.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • He felt glad he had not left the white goat tethered in the whins on the hill.

    Waysiders

    Seumas O'Kelly
  • The Covenanters were called whigs; the whins were worthless bushes.

    Sketches of the Covenanters

    J. C. McFeeters
  • There was a fire burning brightly; the waning gloaming without gave the whins, that almost touched the window, a ghostly look.

    Merkland Mrs. Oliphant
  • His heart filled with fear of the unseen before him, the little dog lay for a long time in a clump of whins.

    Greyfriars Bobby Eleanor Atkinson
  • A big hole and a flat button will hold against anything—even against Scotch whins and heather.

    Rivers of Ice R.M. Ballantyne
  • If, however, whins are from their nature a bad hazard, they have nevertheless very distinguished sanction.

  • Another feature of the course, which is now less pronounced than it used to be, is the luxuriant growth of whins.

  • The whins lie in wait for a sliced shot, while on the left is the strong shore of the harbour.

  • There are whins in fair profusion, and they play an important part at both the second and third holes.

British Dictionary definitions for whins

whin1

/wɪn/
noun
1.
another name for gorse
Word Origin
C11: from Scandinavian; compare Old Danish hvine (græs), Norwegian hvine, Swedish hven

whin2

/wɪn/
noun
1.
short for whinstone
Word Origin
C14: quin, of obscure origin
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