noun \ˈgrs\

Definition of GORSE

:  a spiny yellow-flowered European shrub (Ulex europaeus) of the legume family; broadly :  any of several related plants (genera Ulex and Genista)
gorsy \ˈgr-sē\ adjective

Origin of GORSE

Middle English gorst, from Old English; akin to Old High German gersta barley, Latin hordeum
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Seed Plant Terms

aubergine, box, bramble, briar, composite, perpetual, pulse, trefoil

Rhymes with GORSE


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Any of several related plants of the genera Ulex and Genista. Common gorse (U. europaeus) is a spiny, yellow-flowered leguminous shrub native to Europe and naturalized in the Middle Atlantic states and on Vancouver Island. The large green spines and green twigs of Spanish gorse (G. hispanica), native to Spain and northern Italy, make it appear evergreen in winter. Both species bear yellow, pea-like flowers and grow well in dry soil.


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