gorsy

gorse

[gawrs]
noun
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:
before 900; Middle English gorst, Old English; akin to German Gerste, Latin hordeum barley

gorsy, adjective
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gorse (ɡɔːs)
 
n
furze, Also called: whin 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
 
[Old English gors; related to Old Irish garb rough, Latin horrēre to bristle, Old High German gersta barley, Greek khēr hedgehog]
 
'gorsy
 
adj

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gorse
O.E. gors, from P.Gmc. *gurst- (cf. O.H.G. gersta, M.Du. gherste, Ger. gerste "barley"), from PIE *ghrzd- "roughness" (cf. L. hordeum "barley").
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