- any spiny shrub of the genus Ulex, of the legume family, native to the Old World, especially U. europaeus, having rudimentary leaves and yellow flowers and growing in waste places and sandy soil.
Origin of gorse
Examples from the Web for gorse
Meanwhile they fired the gorse in front of the 29th Division.With Manchesters in the East
Gerald B. Hurst
It's 'Kate' in the sea, and 'Kate' in the river, and the trees and the gorse.
Why, to carry her, you torment, to carry her through the gorse like this.
If the gorse should fail the fuchsia might even take its place on the mountains.The Little Manx Nation - 1891
Just stirring the peats, and boiling the kettle, and lifting the gorse when there was any fire.Capt'n Davy's Honeymoon
- any evergreen shrub of the leguminous genus Ulex, esp the European species U. europeaus, which has yellow flowers and thick green spines instead of leavesAlso called: furze, whin
Word Origin and History for gorse
Old English gors "gorse, furze," from Proto-Germanic *gorst- (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German gersta, Middle Dutch gherste, Dutch gerst, German gerste "barley"), from PIE *ghers- "to bristle" (cf. Latin hordeum "barley;" see horror).