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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Whin \Whin\, n. [W. chwyn weeds, a single weed.] [1913 Webster] 1. (Bot.) (a) Gorse; furze. See Furze. [1913 Webster] Through the whins, and by the cairn. --Burns. [1913 Webster] (b) Woad-waxed. --Gray. [1913 Webster] 2. Same as Whinstone. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] Moor whin or Petty whin (Bot.), a low prickly shrub (Genista Anglica) common in Western Europe. Whin bruiser, a machine for cutting and bruising whin, or furze, to feed cattle on. Whin Sparrow (Zool.), the hedge sparrow. [Prov. Eng.] Whin Thrush (Zool.), the redwing. [Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster]