One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- another term for gorse
- ‘On our way from school in spring, a favourite pastime was to set fire to clumps of furze that grew in fields along the road.’
- ‘The droplets of dew hung from the yellow furze and they glistened like a thousand diamonds.’
- ‘With daffodils, those welcome harbingers of Spring, surging through the top soil in local gardens, roses, daisies, furze, etc. in full bloom as the seasons truly merge, the Yuletide spirit was late arriving this year.’
- ‘There is something a little sinister about it, amid that green and fecund landscape, with its skirting of pine and silver birch and the furze and bracken above.’
- ‘People pull up in their cars, run behind the furze and dump everything out of sight.’
Old English fyrs, of unknown origin.
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