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[furz] /fɜrz/
Also called, especially British, whin.
Origin of furze
before 1000; Middle English furse, firse, Old English fyr(e)s; akin to Russian pyréĭ couch grass, Greek pȳrós wheat, Lithuanian dialect pūraĩ winter wheat Unabridged
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  • Brought it,” said Mike: “tucked it under a furze bush out on the common.

    Cormorant Crag George Manville Fenn
  • Then one man thrust a bundle of furze into the oven and set it alight.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • The sides of the old moat were overgrown with furze and brambles, and we stole into this cover as they approached.

  • furze was set on fire by the ardent spirit, the bull of battle.

    Y Gododin Aneurin
  • Trevena has written the books of furze and heather and granite and bracken, which outlast time on the hills of Dartmoor.

    By Violence John Trevena
  • The sloe-thorn, and the furze, and the bramble choked up the rails.

  • On a furze branch, which projects above the rest, a furze chat perches, with yellow blossom above and beneath him.

    Nature Near London Richard Jefferies
  • Now, they were all in the gap of the furze bushes, struggling in the shallow stream.

  • In the country a great deal of turf and furze is burnt, where there is proximity to the moors.

    Cornwall Sabine Baring-Gould
British Dictionary definitions for furze


another name for gorse
Derived Forms
furzy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English fyrs
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for furze

"evergreen shrub," Old English fyrs, of unknown origin, with no known connections.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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