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NOUN (3)

1. very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers; common throughout western Europe;
[syn: gorse, furze, whin, Irish gorse, Ulex europaeus]

2. small Eurasian shrub having clusters of yellow flowers that yield a dye; common as a weed in Britain and the United States; sometimes grown as an ornamental;
[syn: woodwaxen, dyer's greenweed, dyer's-broom, dyeweed, greenweed, whin, woadwaxen, Genista tinctoria]

3. any of various hard colored rocks (especially rocks consisting of chert or basalt);
[syn: whinstone, whin]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Furze \Furze\, n. [OE. firs, As. fyrs.] (Bot.) A thorny evergreen shrub (Ulex Europ[ae]us), with beautiful yellow flowers, very common upon the plains and hills of Great Britain; -- called also gorse, and whin. The dwarf furze is Ulex nanus. [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Whin \Whin\, n. [W. chwyn weeds, a single weed.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) (a) Gorse; furze. See Furze. [1913 Webster] Through the whins, and by the cairn. --Burns. [1913 Webster] (b) Woad-waxed. --Gray. [1913 Webster] 2. Same as Whinstone. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] Moor whin or Petty whin (Bot.), a low prickly shrub (Genista Anglica) common in Western Europe. Whin bruiser, a machine for cutting and bruising whin, or furze, to feed cattle on. Whin Sparrow (Zool.), the hedge sparrow. [Prov. Eng.] Whin Thrush (Zool.), the redwing. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Woad-waxen \Woad"-wax`en\, n. [Cf. Wood-wax.] (Bot.) A leguminous plant (Genista tinctoria) of Europe and Russian Asia, and adventitious in America; -- called also greenwood, greenweed, dyer's greenweed, and whin, wood-wash, wood-wax, and wood-waxen. [1913 Webster]