Definition of ericaceous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌɛrɪˈkeɪʃəs/


1Relating to or denoting plants of the heather family (Ericaceae).
Example sentences
  • Ledum groenlandicum, Labrador tea, is an ericaceous evergreen shrub of acidic, wet areas common to northern regions of North America.
  • The forest ground vegetation is mostly dominated by ericaceous dwarf shrubs.
  • O'Connell and Johnston, for example, found that microhabitat characteristics (e.g. presence of ericaceous shrubs or open canopy) had a larger effect on pollination success in the orchid Cypripedium acaule than floral traits.
1.1(Of compost) suitable for heathers and other lime-hating plants.
Example sentences
  • In early spring, apply a top dressing of ericaceous compost to give the plant a boost.
  • They arrived very well packed and I've potted them up into large tubs of ericaceous compost since they won't like our local soil.
  • Two years ago it was with great difficulty removed from its pot, its roots cut back and fresh ericaceous compost added.


Mid 19th century: from modern Latin Ericaceae (plural), from the genus name Erica (see erica).

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