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heath·​er ˈhe-t͟hər How to pronounce heather (audio)
: heath sense 2a
especially : a common Eurasian heath (Calluna vulgaris) of northern and alpine regions that has small crowded sessile leaves and racemes of tiny usually purplish-pink flowers and is naturalized in the northeastern U.S.


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Word History



Middle English (northern) hather

First Known Use


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1615, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of heather was in the 14th century

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“Heather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heather. Accessed 21 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition


: heath sense 1
especially : a common evergreen heath of northern and alpine regions with very small stemless leaves and tiny usually purplish pink flowers

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