Webster 1913 Edition
[OE. & AS.
gorst; perh. akin to E.
The common, overgrown with fern, and rough
the European linnet; – called also
the corncrake; – called also
land drake, and
Webster 1828 Edition
gorse (countable and uncountable, plural gorses)
- Evergreen shrub, of the genus Ulex, having spiny leaves and yellow flowers.
- 1944, Miles Burton, chapter 5, in The Three Corpse Trick:
- The hovel stood in the centre of what had once been a vegetable garden, but was now a patch of rank weeds. Surrounding this, almost like a zareba, was an irregular ring of gorse and brambles, an unclaimed vestige of the original common.
- 2013 July 19, Timothy Garton Ash, “Where Dr Pangloss meets Machiavelli”, in The Guardian Weekly, volume 189, number 6, page 18:
- Hidden behind thickets of acronyms and gorse bushes of detail, a new great game is under way across the globe. Some call it geoeconomics, but it's geopolitics too. The current power play consists of an extraordinary range of countries simultaneously sitting down to negotiate big free trade and investment agreements.