Definition of gorse in English:


Syllabification: gorse
Pronunciation: /gôrs


  • A yellow-flowered shrub of the pea family, the leaves of which are modified to form spines, native to western Europe and North Africa.
    • Genus Ulex, family Leguminosae: several species, in particular the very spiny U. europaeus, which was introduced to North America
    More example sentences
    • There was a little colour in the yellow gorse and the silver birch.
    • Elsewhere, dozens of residents had to be evacuated in Gwent, Wales, where hundreds of mature trees, bracken, gorse and shrubs were destroyed.
    • Thousands of saplings were planted and native gorse was established to create wildlife habitats.



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  • Brushwood Hill is the high, gorsy knoll of gravel against which Chester farmhouse is built.
  • Where Lowell lived, this consisted of low-lying conifers, alders, and gorsy thicket.
  • The walk along the track is firstly through gorsy terrain, then it becomes easier (long pants are a good idea).


Old English gors, gorst, from an Indo-European root meaning 'rough, prickly', shared by German Gerste and Latin hordeum 'barley'.

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