see GORSE. Gorse is the standard English name for the shrub, but Furze is locally common as a name, especially in the southern half of the country. It is OE fyrs, and has been rendered in a number of different ways by recorders trying to accomodate them to local pronunciation. Hence the widespread Fuzz, or Fuzzen, which may very well be a plural form in 'en' (Gerard used Furzen, too). Sometimes, furze itself by its sound, is taken as a plural, as in Ireland, when a single bush can be referred to as a Fur, or a Fur-bush (Lucas). Fur is recorded from Lincolnshire, too, or there is Furra, from Norfolk (Grigson. 1955).
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