\ ˈgȯrs How to pronounce gorse (audio) \

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)

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Other Words from gorse

gorsy \ ˈgȯr-​sē How to pronounce gorse (audio) \ adjective

Examples of gorse in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The autumn sun gives the greens of the fields an impossible, mythic radiance and transforms the back roads into light-muddled paths where a goblin with a riddle, or a pretty maiden with a basket, could be waiting around every gorse-and-bramble bend. Washington Post, "Tana French’s ‘The Searcher’ nods to John Ford’s famous Western with the story of a loner on the hunt for a lost teen," 5 Oct. 2020 The ordinance also required them to completely remove from their property all acacia, bamboo, thuja, juniper, Italian cypress, gorse and four types of broom. Kathleen Pender, SFChronicle.com, "Despite wildfires, some homeowners resist efforts to cut vegetation," 23 Nov. 2019 Gin makers are especially savvy about leaning on local: Germany’s Woodland Sauerland Gin features locally sourced spruce and dandelion root while Method and Madness Irish Gin incorporates local Irish gorse flower. John Kell, Fortune, "Craft Breweries Are Going Hyper-Local to Source Ingredients," 21 Sep. 2019 After a walk through yellow gorse and purple heather, my wife reasonably suggested driving to a beach: After all, Ilsington is less than 15 miles from the English Channel as the crow flies. Peter Saenger, WSJ, "A Driving Tour of Devon, England—on Perilously Narrow Roads," 30 Oct. 2018 Sky News reports that a large gorse fire last month exposed the huge signal at Bray Head on Ireland’s east coast. James Rogers, Fox News, "Huge hidden WWII sign revealed on Irish coast," 6 Aug. 2018 Sky Sports course reporter accidentally steps on Dustin Johnson’s ball in the gorse. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Tiger Woods joined 30 people in a frantic search for Dustin Johnson's golf ball," 14 June 2018 The ball ended up in that gorse, a full 25 yards left of the putting surface, and Mother Nature stays undefeated. Daniel Rapaport, SI.com, "Bryson DeChambeau, the Game’s Ultimate Tactician, Tested in Opening Round at Shinnecock," 14 June 2018 That came just months after the Spaniard hurt himself swinging in frustration at gorse. Kevin Casey, USA TODAY, "Sergio Garcia chucks driver into bushes out of frustration on way to bizarre bogey," 21 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of gorse

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gorse

Middle English gorst, from Old English; akin to Old High German gersta barley, Latin hordeum

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The first known use of gorse was before the 12th century

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“Gorse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gorse. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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