from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of several spiny shrubs of the genus Ulex, especially U. europaeus, native to Europe and having fragrant yellow flowers and black pods. Also called furze, whin1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. evergreen shrub, of the genus Ulex, having spiny leaves and yellow flowers.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Furze. See furze.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The common furze or whin, Ulex Europæus.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers; common throughout western Europe


Middle English gorst, gors, from Old English.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English gorst, from Old English gors, akin to German Gerste ("barley"). (Wiktionary)



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