from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A low-growing Eurasian shrub (Calluna vulgaris) in the heath family, growing in dense masses and having small evergreen leaves and clusters of small, bell-shaped pinkish-purple flowers.
  • noun A grayish purple to purplish red.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Heath: especially applied to Calluna vulgaris, the common heather.
  • noun The crowberry, Empetrum nigrum.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Menziesia pilosa. See Menziesia.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Scot. Heath.
  • noun (Bot.) one of the pretty subglobose flowers of two European kinds of heather (Erica Tetralix, and Erica cinerea).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun botany An evergreen plant, Calluna vulgaris, with spiky leaves and small purple, pink, or white flowers.
  • noun botany The Ericaceae family.
  • noun botany Various species of the genus Erica.
  • noun botany Various species of the genus Cassiope.
  • noun A purple colour with a tint of pink and blue.
  • adjective Of a purple colour with a tint with pink and blue.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
  • noun interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration (influenced by heath) of Middle English hather, probably from Old English *hǣddre.]



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