furze


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furze

 (fûrz)
n.
See gorse.

[Middle English furse, from Old English fyrs.]

furze

(fɜːz)
n
(Plants) another name for gorse
[Old English fyrs]
ˈfurzy adj

gorse

(gɔrs)

n.
any spiny European evergreen shrub of the genus Ulex, of the legume family, having rudimentary leaves and yellow flowers. Also called furze.
[before 900; Middle English gorst, Old English; akin to Old High German gersta, Latin hordeum barley]
gors′y, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.furze - very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowersfurze - very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers; common throughout western Europe
genus Ulex, Ulex - genus of Eurasian spiny shrubs: gorse
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
Translations

furze

[fɜːz] Naulaga f, tojo m

furze

nStechginster m

furze

[fɜːz] nginestrone m
References in classic literature ?
I knew this common very well; it was for the most part very uneven ground, covered with heather and dark-green furze bushes, with here and there a scrubby old thorn-tree; there were also open spaces of fine short grass, with ant-hills and mole-turns everywhere; the worst place I ever knew for a headlong gallop.
Tell her what Heathcliff is: an unreclaimed creature, without refinement, without cultivation; an arid wilderness of furze and whinstone.
And now, without a word of warning from the Ghost, they stood upon a bleak and desert moor, where monstrous masses of rude stone were cast about, as though it were the burial-place of giants; and water spread itself wheresoever it listed, or would have done so, but for the frost that held it prisoner; and nothing grew but moss and furze, and coarse rank grass.
She sank down against a straggling furze bush, an easy pillow enough; and the bed of snow, too, was soft.
In spring- time how that naughty tree used to flash its silver nakedness of blossom for miles across the furze and scattered birches!
As they were entering it, the wicked one, who is the author of all mischief, and the boys who are wickeder than the wicked one, contrived that a couple of these audacious irrepressible urchins should force their way through the crowd, and lifting up, one of them Dapple's tail and the other Rocinante's, insert a bunch of furze under each.
We have just received intelligence that another child, missed last night, was only discovered late in the morning under a furze bush at the Shooter's Hill side of Hampstead Heath, which is perhaps, less frequented than the other parts.
There, among some young pine trees and furze bushes, I stopped, panting, and waited further developments.
She thought she could walk back across the field, and get over the stile; and then, in the very next field, she thought she remembered there was a hovel of furze near a sheepfold.
D'Artagnan therefore patted Furet, who as a new proof of his charming character, resumed his march with his feet in the salt-mines, and his nose to the dry wind, which bends the furze and the broom of this country.
While the granitic summits of the Rocky Mountains are bleak and bare, many of the inferior ridges are scantily clothed with scrubbed pines, oaks, cedar, and furze.
We occasionally though rarely see something of this kind in plants: thus the embryonic leaves of the ulex or furze, and the first leaves of the phyllodineous acaceas, are pinnate or divided like the ordinary leaves of the leguminosae.