1. [ noun ] (botany) very spiny and dense evergreen shrub with fragrant golden-yellow flowers; common throughout western Europe
Synonyms: furze Irish_gorse Ulex_europaeus gorse
Related terms: shrub Ulex
2. [ noun ] (geology) any of various hard colored rocks (especially rocks consisting of chert or basalt)
Synonyms: whinstone
Related terms: rock
3. [ noun ] (botany) small Eurasian shrub having clusters of yellow flowers that yield a dye; common as weed in England and United States; sometimes grown as an ornamental
Synonyms: dyer's_greenweed dyer's-broom dyeweed greenweed woadwaxen Genista_tinctoria woodwaxen
Related terms: broom Genista
Similar spelling:   whiny