from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See gorse.
- n. A whinstone.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Gorse; furze.
- n. The plant woad-waxen.
- n. whinstone
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Gorse; furze. See Furze.
- n. Woad-waxed.
- n. Same as Whinstone.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A plant of the genus Ulex, the furze or gorse, chiefly U. Europæus and U. nanus. See furze,1, and cut under Ulex.
- n. Same as rest-harrow, 1.
- n. A name given in the north of England and in Wales to various rocks, chiefly to basalt, but also to any unusually hard quartzose sandstone. The latter is sometimes called white or gray whin, the basalt blue whin. See whin-sill.
- n. An erroneous form of whim, 3.
- n. Same as wheen.
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
- n. any of various hard colored rocks (especially rocks consisting of chert or basalt)
- n. small Eurasian shrub having clusters of yellow flowers that yield a dye; common as a weed in Britain and the United States; sometimes grown as an ornamental
Middle English whinne, probably of Scandinavian origin.
Middle English quin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English whynne, from Old Norse hvein ("gorse, furze") (compare Norwegian kvein ("bent grass"), Swedish ven ("bent grass"), dialectal hven ("swamp")). (Wiktionary)