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heath·er

 (hĕth′ər)
n.
1. 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. Also called ling2.
2. See heath.
3. A grayish purple to purplish red.

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

heath′er adj.

heather

(ˈhɛðə)
n
1. (Plants) Also called: ling or heath a low-growing evergreen Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Calluna vulgaris, that grows in dense masses on open ground and has clusters of small bell-shaped typically pinkish-purple flowers
2. (Plants) any of certain similar plants
3. (Colours) a purplish-red to pinkish-purple colour
adj
4. (Colours) of a heather colour
5. (Textiles) of or relating to interwoven yarns of mixed colours: heather mixture.
[C14: originally Scottish and Northern English, probably from heath]
ˈheathered adj
ˈheathery adj

heath•er

(ˈhɛð ər)

n.
1. any of various heaths, esp. Calluna vulgaris, of England and Scotland, having small pinkish purple flowers.
adj.
2. (of a yarn or fabric color) subtly flecked or mottled: all-cotton turtlenecks in your choice of five solid colors plus heather gray and heather green.
[1300–50; sp. variant of hether, earlier hedder, hadder, hather, Middle English hathir; akin to heath]
heath′ered, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heather - common Old World heath represented by many varietiesheather - common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
heath - a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
Calluna, genus Calluna - one species
2.heather - interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color
color, coloring, colouring, colour - a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect; "a white color is made up of many different wavelengths of light"
Translations
خـَلـَنجنبات الخَلَنْج
vřes
lynghedelyng
HeidekrautErikaBesenheide
kanerva
vrijes
hanga
beitilyng
ギリュウモドキヘザー
히스
viržis
virši
vres
ljung
ต้นไม้พุ่มเตี้ยชนิดหนึ่ง
cây thạch nam

heather

[ˈheðəʳ] N (= plant) → brezo m

heather

[ˈhɛðər] nbruyère f

heather

nHeidekraut nt, → Erika f, → Heide f

heather

[ˈhɛðəʳ] nerica

heather

(ˈheðə) noun
a plant with small purple or white flowers growing eg in hilly parts of Britain.

heather

خـَلـَنج vřes lyng Heidekraut ρείκι brezo kanerva bruyère vrijes erica ヘザー 히스 heide røsslyng wrzos urze вереск ljung ต้นไม้พุ่มเตี้ยชนิดหนึ่ง süpürge otu cây thạch nam 石南花
References in classic literature ?
I knew this common very well; it was for the most part very uneven ground, covered with heather and dark-green furze bushes, with here and there a scrubby old thorn-tree; there were also open spaces of fine short grass, with ant-hills and mole-turns everywhere; the worst place I ever knew for a headlong gallop.
The population here must be thin, and I see no passengers on these roads: they stretch out east, west, north, and south--white, broad, lonely; they are all cut in the moor, and the heather grows deep and wild to their very verge.
I'm sure I should be myself were I once among the heather on those hills.
Nor it isn't fields nor mountains, it's just miles and miles and miles of wild land that nothing grows on but heather and gorse and broom, and nothing lives on but wild ponies and sheep.
There were shady trees, and heather, and, as far as the eye could see, a rich landscape.
However, as I say, I had for the time forgotten that pagan company, or, in my puritanic zeal, I might have thrown them all to be washed clean in the upland stream, whose pure waters one might fancy were fragrant from their sunny day among the ferns and the heather, fragrant to the eye, indeed, if one may so speak, with the shaken meal of the meadowsweet.
It seems Robin's fame attracted more visitants than was consistent with the growth of the heather, upon a moor worth a shilling an acre.
And it seldom happened that they did not have one "given" them; for nearly every old Breton grandame has, at least once in her life, seen the "korrigans" dance by moonlight on the heather.
Doubling in and out among the underbrush and heather with the agility of a hare, he soon came out of the wood in the rear of the cottage, and thrust his head through a tiny window.
A few lofty Scotch firs grew hard by upon a knoll; a clear fountain near the foot of the knoll sent up a miniature streamlet which meandered in the heather.
The heather was on fire eastward, and a thin blue smoke rose against the dawn.
He stretched forth his hand, and touched stone; he rose to his seat, and found himself lying on his bournous in a bed of dry heather, very soft and odoriferous.