heather

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From Middle English hather, hathir, from Old English *hǣddre and hǣþ (heather), cognate with Scots hedder, hadder, heddir (heather), Saterland Frisian Heede (heather), West Frisian heide (heather), Dutch heide (heather), German Low German Heide, Heid (heather), German Heide (heather).

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heather (countable and uncountable, plural heathers)

  1. (botany) An evergreen plant, Calluna vulgaris, with spiky leaves and small purple, pink, or white flowers.
  2. (botany) The Ericaceae family.
  3. (botany) Various species of the genus Erica.
  4. (botany) Various species of the genus Cassiope.
  5. A purple colour with a tint of pink and blue.
    heather colour:  
  6. (textiles) The use of interwoven yarns of mixed colours to produce flecks.

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  • (Calluna vulgaris): ling

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heather (not comparable)

  1. Of a purple colour with a tint with pink and blue.

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