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gorse

[gawrs] /gɔrs/
noun
1.
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.
Also called furze; especially British, whin.
Origin of gorse
900
before 900; Middle English gorst, Old English; akin to German Gerste, Latin hordeum barley
Related forms
gorsy, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for gorse

gorse

/ɡɔːs/
noun
1.
any evergreen shrub of the leguminous genus Ulex, esp the European species U. europeaus, which has yellow flowers and thick green spines instead of leaves Also called furze, whin
Derived Forms
gorsy, adjective
Word Origin
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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Word Origin and History for gorse
n.

Old English gors "gorse, furze," from Proto-Germanic *gorst- (cf. Old Saxon, Old High German gersta, Middle Dutch gherste, Dutch gerst, German gerste "barley"), from PIE *ghers- "to bristle" (cf. Latin hordeum "barley;" see horror).

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