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whin

[ hwin, win ]
/ ʰwɪn, wɪn /
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noun Chiefly British.

any thorny or prickly shrub, especially gorse.

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Origin of whin

1375–1425; late Middle English whynne, apparently <Scandinavian; compare Icelandic hvīngras bent grass, Danish hvene,Swedish (h)ven
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British Dictionary definitions for whin (1 of 2)

whin1
/ (wɪn) /

noun

another name for gorse

Word Origin for whin

C11: from Scandinavian; compare Old Danish hvine (græs), Norwegian hvine, Swedish hven

British Dictionary definitions for whin (2 of 2)

whin2
/ (wɪn) /

noun

short for whinstone

Word Origin for whin

C14: quin, of obscure origin
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