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gorse Syllabification: gorse

Definition of gorse in English:


A yellow-flowered shrub of the pea family, the leaves of which are modified to form spines, native to western Europe and North Africa.
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.


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



Example sentences
  • 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).

Words that rhyme with gorse

coarse, corse, course, divorce, endorse (US indorse), enforce, force, hoarse, horse, morse, Norse, perforce, reinforce, sauce, source, torse

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