Definition of heather in English:


Line breaks: hea¦ther
Pronunciation: /ˈhɛðə


[mass noun]
  • 1A purple-flowered Eurasian heath that grows abundantly on moorland and heathland. Many ornamental varieties have been developed. Also called ling1.
    • Calluna vulgaris, family Ericaceae (the heather family). This family includes the rhododendrons and azaleas as well as the bilberries and many other berry-bearing dwarf shrubs
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    • Rhododendrons, most heathers, camellias, pieris, skimmia, citrus and many others must have acid soil.
    • Have you ever investigated all the available varieties of heaths and heathers?
    • Skimmias also like to grow in slightly acid soil, making them superb companions for the heathers and ivies of your choice.
  • 1.1 informal Any plant of the Ericaceae family similar to heather; a heath.



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  • There are warm heathery notes of the toasted Languedoc soil among the bright strawberry and plum tones.
  • This is a wine that Ryanair needs to watch out for: it can transport you in a Proustian rush to the dry, heathery heat of an evening north of Carcassonne for less than £9 return.
  • Even tweeds and heathery mixtures camouflage soil.


Old English hadre, hedre (recorded in place names), of unknown origin. The word was chiefly Scots until the 16th century; the change in the first syllable in the 18th century was due to association with heath.

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