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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. See gorse.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A thorny evergreen shrub (Ulex europaeus), with beautiful yellow flowers, very common upon the plains and hills of Great Britain.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A thorny evergreen shrub (Ulex Europæus), with beautiful yellow flowers, very common upon the plains and hills of Great Britain; -- called also gorse, and whin. The dwarf furze is Ulex nanus.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To become entangled, as silk fibers during the reeling from the cocoon.
  • n. The common name for the Ulex Europæus, a low, much-branched, and spiny leguminous shrub, with yellow flowers
  • n. A frizz.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers; common throughout western Europe

Etymologies

Middle English furse, from Old English fyrs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • That'z the way it goez.

    August 30, 2008

  • But gorse is not furzey.;-) And yet it is furze. Go figure.

    July 13, 2007