• WordNet 3.6
    • n Ulex genus of Eurasian spiny shrubs: gorse
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n ulex A genus of leguminous plants, of the tribe Genisteæ and subtribe Cytiseæ; the furze. It is distinguished from the related genus Cytisus by its deeply two-lipped membranous and colored calyx. It includes about 10 or 12 species, natives of western Europe or northwestern Africa—one species, U. nanus, extending east nearly to Nice; and another, U. Europseus, perhaps to Tuscany. They are spiny shrubs without genuine leaves, the leaves being reduced to a spine, petiole, or scale. The yellow flowers are solitary or racemose at the ends of the branches. For Ulex genitoides (Stauracanthus aphyllus), see cross-spine. U. Europæus, which also extends to the Azores and Canary Islands, and occurs naturalized on high mountains in Jamaica, is the common furze, gorse, or whin of Great Britain. See furze.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Ulex ū′leks a genus of shrubs of the Bean family, including the furze, gorse, or whin.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary


In literature:

Ulex europaeus (Furze or Gorse), with the double-flowered and dwarf kinds.
"Trees and Shrubs for English Gardens" by Ernest Thomas Cook