ETYM Old Eng. and AS. gorst; perh. akin to Eng. grow, grass.
Very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers; common throughout western Europe; SYN. furze, whin, Irish gorse, Ulex europaeus.
Or furze or whin; Eurasian genus of plants Ulex, family Leguminosae, consisting of thorny shrubs with spine-shaped leaves densely clustered along the stems, and bright yellow, coconut-scented flowers.