Etymology
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gorse (n.)

Old English gors "gorse, furze," from Proto-Germanic *gorst- (source also of Old Saxon, Old High German gersta, Middle Dutch gherste, Dutch gerst, German gerste "barley"), from PIE *ghers- "to bristle" (source also of Latin hordeum "barley;" see horror).

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Definitions of gorse

gorse (n.)
very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers; common throughout western Europe;
Synonyms: furze / whin / Irish gorse / Ulex europaeus
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