from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A low-growing Eurasian shrub (Calluna vulgaris) growing in dense masses and having small evergreen leaves and clusters of small, bell-shaped pinkish-purple flowers. Also called ling2.
- n. See heath.
- n. A grayish purple to purplish red.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An evergreen plant, Calluna vulgaris, with spiky leaves and small purple, pink, or white flowers.
- n. The Ericaceae family.
- n. Various species of the genus Erica.
- n. Various species of the genus Cassiope.
- n. A purple colour with a tint of pink and blue.
- adj. Of a purple colour with a tint with pink and blue.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Heath.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Heath: especially applied to Calluna vulgaris, the common heather.
- n. The crowberry, Empetrum nigrum.
- n. A tweed or similar fabric, usually 56 inches wide, woven of heather-wool, and presenting a color-effect like that of heather. Also called heather mixture.
- n. Menziesia pilosa. See Menziesia.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
- n. interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color
Alteration (influenced by heath) of Middle English hather, probably from Old English *hǣddre.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)