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)
gorsyplay \ˈgȯr-sē\ adjective
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O’Meara’s opening drive on the notoriously tough first hole at Royal Birkdale rode the wind into the gorse bushes on the right.
Instead, on a hillside thick with heather and gorse where the two men alight to admire the view, Hess commandeers the conversation.
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Origin and Etymology of gorse
Middle English gorst, from Old English; akin to Old High German gersta barley, Latin hordeum
First Known Use: before 12th centurySee Words from the same year
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