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from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Furze.

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Examples

  • In the spring of 1850 a boy caught a moribund black-capped petrel that he saw “flapping for some time from one furze-bush to another” at South Acre, near Swaffham in Norfolk; “exhausted as it was, it had strength enough remaining to bite violently the hand of its captor, who thereupon killed it.”

    A Year on the Wing

  • Lady Scudamore smiled, for she was thinking of her son, who would have jumped over any furze-bush there — and the fir-trees too, according to her conviction; Dolly also showed her very beautiful teeth; but Faith looked at him gratefully.

    Springhaven

  • The ludicrous singularity of his features, and the half-mown crop of hair that bristled from one side of his countenance, invited some wags to make merry at his expense; one of them clapped a furze-bush under the tail of Gilbert, who, feeling himself thus stimulated a posteriori, kicked and plunged, and capered in such a manner, that Timothy could hardly keep the saddle.

    The Life and Adventures of Sir Launcelot Greaves

  • Lorna could only be here and there, watching behind a furze-bush, looking at me, and wondering how much my clothes had cost.

    Lorna Doone

  • And so between the aegithus and the ass, owing to the fact that the ass, in passing a furze-bush, rubs its sore and itching parts against the prickles; by so doing, and all the more if it brays, it topples the eggs and the brood out of the nest, the young ones tumble out in fright, and the mother-bird, to avenge this wrong, flies at the beast and pecks at his sore places.

    The History of Animals

  • Perhaps he said more than that, but d'ye know, I doubt it - I can see him yet, bolt upright on his camp-stool, the lean, muscular arms folded across his long body, the grizzled whiskers like a furze-bush, chewing each word slowly before he let it out, the light eyes straying ever and anon to his beloved bull fiddle.

    Flashman And The Dragon

  • Perhaps he said more than that, but d'ye know, I doubt it — I can see him yet, bolt upright on his camp-stool, the lean, muscular arms folded across his long body, the grizzled whiskers like a furze-bush, chewing each word slowly before he let it out, the light eyes straying ever and anon to his beloved bull fiddle.

    Flashman and the Dragon

  • W.T. bowed his head over his hands and ruffled his hair until it stood up all over his head like a snow-covered furze-bush.

    The White Cottage Mystery

  • As the evening shadows lengthened, he stole grimly from his shelter, crossed the field, climbed the slope, and regained his furze-bush.

    "Wee Tim'rous Beasties" Studies of Animal life and Character

  • Coleridge lay under the shelter of a furze-bush, annoyed by the thorns, which, if they did not disturb his rest, must have rendered it comfortless.

    The Life of Samuel Taylor Coleridge 1838

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