gorse

[ gawrs ]
/ gɔrs /

noun

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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Also called furze; especially British, whin.

Origin of gorse

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

OTHER WORDS FROM gorse

gors·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gorse

gorse
/ (ɡɔːs) /

noun

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 forms of gorse

gorsy, 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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