A close up of heather.
Origin of heatheraltered (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
- 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.
- See heath.
- A grayish purple to purplish red.
Origin of heatherAlteration (influenced by heath) of Middle English hather, probably from Old English *h&aemac;ddre.
- (botany) An evergreen plant, Calluna vulgaris, with spiky leaves and small purple, pink, or white flowers.
- (botany) The Ericaceae family.
- (botany) Various species of the genus Erica.
- (botany) Various species of the genus Cassiope.
- A purple colour with a tint of pink and blue.
(comparative more heather, superlative most heather)
- Of a purple colour with a tint with pink and blue.
- The given name was popular at the end of the 20th century.
From heather; the given name is one of the plant names taken up in the 19th century. The surname is habitational, also meaning someone living on a heath.