gorse

[ gawrs ]
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noun
  1. 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

1
before 900; Middle English gorst,Old English; akin to German Gerste,Latin hordeum barley
  • Also called furze; especially British, whin.

Other words from gorse

  • gorsy, adjective

Words Nearby gorse

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How to use gorse in a sentence

  • He dismounted and attempted to conceal himself amid the gorse of that wild spot.

  • We left the refreshment-room, and walked among the gorse and birches in the direction of Queen's Mere.

  • The bees buzzed about the wild thyme and the golden heads of gorse.

    Mary Gray | Katharine Tynan
  • By every tree and ledge, by every cranny and point of rock, stoutly rooted hazel and thorn bush and clump of gorse, they climbed.

    Greyfriars Bobby | Eleanor Atkinson
  • It's very pretty work in a small gorse, but in a great wood like this I don't care much for being so accurate.

    Orley Farm | Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for gorse

gorse

/ (ɡɔːs) /


noun
  1. any evergreen shrub of the leguminous genus Ulex, esp the European species U. europeaus, which has yellow flowers and thick green spines instead of leaves: Also called: furze, whin

Origin of gorse

1
Old English gors; related to Old Irish garb rough, Latin horrēre to bristle, Old High German gersta barley, Greek khēr hedgehog

Derived forms of gorse

  • gorsy, adjective

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