Main definitions of whin in English

: whin1whin2

whin1

noun

Northern english
  • Furze; gorse.

    • ‘Cassiopeia was over Cassidy's hanging hill, I looked and three whin bushes rode across The horizon - the Three Wise Kings.’
    • ‘So she is understandably dismissive of the dismal gorse and whin on view outside the living room window of her Council house.’
    • ‘Beyond that, weed draped on fence wire and whin bushes by the roadside, marked a Princess.’
    • ‘A land where plastic shamrocks are rare, whin bushes are plentiful and the green isn't made in Taiwan.’

Origin

Late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare with Swedish ven bent grass.

Pronunciation:

whin

/(h)win/

Main definitions of whin in English

: whin1whin2

whin2

(also whinstone)

noun

British
  • Hard, dark basaltic rock such as that of the Whin Sill in Northern England.

    • ‘The northwards path along a rocky coastline takes you to Dunstanburgh Castle, a romantic ruin where kittiwakes, cormorants and fulmars nest on whinstone cliffs.’
    • ‘Built from whinstone, with a slate roof, the pedimented front door is a particularly handsome feature.’
    • ‘The other, the Longhoughton quarry, is located in the contact between the Great limestone (country rock) and the whin sill intrusion.’
    • ‘They are comprised primarily of a rock called whinstone, which is very prone to vertical weathering and faulting.’

Origin

Middle English: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation:

whin

/(h)win/