Any of several spiny evergreen shrubs of the genus Ulex of the pea family, especially U. europaeus, native to Europe and naturalized elsewhere, having fragrant yellow flowers and black pods. Also called furze, whin1.
[Middle English gorst, gors, from Old English.]
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