furze, any plant of the genus Ulex of the family Leguminosae ( pulse family), low, densely branched shrubs with spiny leaves (when present) and fragrant yellow blossoms. U. europaeus, the common furze (also called gorse and whin), thrives in sandy soil; naturalized from Europe, it is used as a hedge plant, a sand binder, and sometimes as fodder. Furze is classified in the division Magnoliophyta , class Magnoliopsida, order Rosales, family Leguminosae.

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