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.
/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
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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