See also: Fürze


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From Middle English firse, furs, from Old English fyrs (furze, gorse, bramble), from Old English fyres (furze), related to Old English fȳr (fire); otherwise of unknown origin.


Homophone: furs


furze (countable and uncountable, plural furzes)

  1. A thorny evergreen shrub, with yellow flowers, Ulex gen. et spp., of which Ulex europaeus is particularly common upon the plains and hills of Great Britain and Ireland.
    • 1610–1611, William Shakespeare, “The Tempest”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies [] (First Folio), London: [] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act I, scene i], page 1:
      Gonz. Now would I giue a thouſand furlongs of Sea, for an Acre of barren ground : Long heath, Browne firrs, any thing; []
    • 1908, W[illiam] B[lair] M[orton] Ferguson, chapter IV, in Zollenstein, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 731476803, page 41:
      “My Continental prominence is improving,” I commented dryly. ¶ Von Lindowe cut at a furze bush with his silver-mounted rattan. ¶ “Quite so,” he said as dryly, his hand at his mustache. “I may say if your intentions were known your life would not be worth a curse.”
    • 1922 October 26, Virginia Woolf, chapter VIII, in Jacob’s Room, Richmond, London: [] Leonard & Virginia Woolf at the Hogarth Press, OCLC 19736994; republished London: The Hogarth Press, 1960, OCLC 258624721, page 97:
      Clumps of withered grass stood out on the hill-top; the furze bushes were black, and now and then a black shiver crossed the snow as the wind drove flurries of frozen particles before it.


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  • IPA(key): [fʊʁtsə], [fʊɐ̯tsə]
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  1. inflection of furzen:
    1. first-person singular present
    2. first/third-person singular subjunctive I
    3. singular imperative



  • IPA(key): /ˈfu.ʐɛ/
  • Rhymes: -uʐɛ
  • Syllabification: fu‧rze


furze f

  1. dative/locative singular of fura