[hwin, win]
noun Chiefly British.
any thorny or prickly shrub, especially gorse.

1375–1425; late Middle English whynne, apparently < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic hvīngras bent grass, Danish hvene, Swedish (h)ven

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whin1 (wɪn)
another name for gorse
[C11: from Scandinavian; compare Old Danish hvine (græs), Norwegian hvine, Swedish hven]

whin2 (wɪn)
short for whinstone
[C14: quin, of obscure origin]

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