Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Any of several spiny evergreen shrubs of the genus Ulex of the pea family, especially U. europaeus, native to Europe and naturalized elsewhere, having fragrant yellow flowers and black pods.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The common furze or whin, Ulex Europæus.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Bot.) Furze. See furze.
  • noun (Zoöl.), [Prov. Eng.] the European linnet; -- called also gorse hatcher.
  • noun (Zoöl.) the winchat.
  • noun the corncrake; -- called also grass drake, land drake, and corn drake.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun evergreen shrub, of the genus Ulex, having spiny leaves and yellow flowers.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English gorst, gors, from Old English.]

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From Middle English gorst, from Old English gors, akin to German Gerste ("barley").

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    March 6, 2007