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erica

(ˈɛrɪkə)
n
(Plants) any shrub of the ericaceous genus Erica, including the heaths and some heathers
[C19: via Latin from Greek ereikē heath]

er•i•ca

(ˈɛr ɪ kə)

n., pl. -cas.
any low-growing evergreen shrub belonging to the genus Erica, of the heath family, including several species of heather.
[1820–30; < New Latin Erica, Latin < Greek ereíkē heath (plant), akin to Old Irish froech, Russian véres(k)]
er`i•ca′ceous (-ˈkeɪ ʃəs) adj.
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Noun1.erica - any plant of the genus Ericaerica - any plant of the genus Erica  
heath - a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
genus Erica - large genus of low much-branched woody evergreens ranging from prostrate subshrubs to trees: true heaths
Erica arborea, tree heath, briar, brier - evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes
Erica carnea, spring heath, winter heath - dwarf European shrub with very early blooming bell-shaped red flowers
Erica cinerea, fine-leaved heath, heather bell, bell heather - common low European shrub with purple-red flowers
bell heather, cross-leaved heath, Erica tetralix - dwarf European shrub with rose-colored flowers
Cornish heath, Erica vagans - bushy shrub having pink to white flowers; common on the moors of Cornwall and in southwestern Europe; cultivated elsewhere
Erica lusitanica, Portuguese heath, Spanish heath - erect dense shrub native to western Iberian peninsula having profuse white or pink flowers; naturalized in southwestern England
Erica perspicua, Prince of Wales heath, Prince-of-Wales'-heath - South African shrub grown for its profusion of white flowers
Translations

erica

n (Bot) → Erika f, → Heidekraut nt
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