Origin of heatheraltered (after heath) from Middle English (northern and 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 ling 2.
- See heath.
- A grayish purple to purplish red.
Origin of heatherAlteration (influenced by heath ) of Middle English hather probably from Old English hǣddre
(comparative more heather, superlative most heather)
- Of a purple colour with a tint with pink and blue.
- A female given name.
- A surname..
- 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.