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  1. gorse.
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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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  1. another name for gorse
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Derived Formsfurzy, adjective

Word Origin

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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