[ gawrs ]
/ gɔrs /


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.

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Origin of gorse

before 900; Middle English gorst, Old English; akin to German Gerste, Latin hordeum barley

Also called furze; especially British, whin.

Related formsgors·y, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for gorse


/ (ɡɔːs) /


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
Derived Formsgorsy, adjective

Word Origin for gorse

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

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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).

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