\ 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 gorsy (audio) \ adjective

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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 Butter-yellow gorse and purple rhododendrons bloomed in wide-open spaces. Amy S. Eckert, The Seattle Times, "Follow in the footsteps of Scottish folk hero on the Rob Roy Way," 15 Sep. 2017 O’Meara’s opening drive on the notoriously tough first hole at Royal Birkdale rode the wind into the gorse bushes on the right. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "British Open begins with rain, wind and big numbers," 19 July 2017 Instead, on a hillside thick with heather and gorse where the two men alight to admire the view, Hess commandeers the conversation. Emily Eakin, New York Times, "Book Review Newsletter," 16 Sep. 2016

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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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