A close up of heather.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: altered (after heath) from Middle English (northern and amp; Scot) haddyr, probably from Old English an unverified form hædre, parallel with clofre, clover, mædre, madder
- like heather in color or appearance
- muted; soft: said of colors
- marked with flecks of various colors: heather tones
- heathery adjective
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- A low-growing Eurasian shrub (Calluna vulgaris) growing in dense masses and having small evergreen leaves and clusters of small, bell-shaped pinkish-purple flowers. Also called ling2.
- See heath.
- A grayish purple to purplish red.
Origin: Alteration (influenced by heath) of Middle English hather, probably from Old English *hǣddre.
- heathˈer adjective