whin

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

any thorny or prickly shrub, especially gorse.

Nearby words

  1. whimsical,
  2. whimsicality,
  3. whimsically,
  4. whimsy,
  5. whimwham,
  6. whinchat,
  7. whine,
  8. whiney,
  9. whing-ding,
  10. whinge

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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whin

1
/ (wɪn) /

noun

another name for gorse

Word Origin for whin

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

whin

2
/ (wɪn) /

noun

short for whinstone

Word Origin for whin

C14: quin, of obscure origin

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