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Definition of heather

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: 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.



Definition of heather (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of heather in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The charcoal heather color stands out in a sea of navy and black, while remaining impeccably neutral. Nara Schoenberg, chicagotribune.com, "Canada Goose alternatives: 10 great winter coats that won’t set you back $1000," 12 Nov. 2020 The hardest part is choosing between the cream and heather gray color options. Courtney Thompson, CNN Underscored, "The snuggliest blankets to wrap yourself up in this year," 5 Nov. 2020 This mix of classic silhouettes will stay fresh season after season, and includes turtlenecks, crews, and v-necks in shades ranging from camel and heather grey to black, navy, and pale pastels. Madeline Fass, Vogue, "Upgrade Your Cold Weather Wardrobe With 17 Cozy-Chic Cashmere Sweaters," 4 Nov. 2020 As a late afternoon mist rolled in over hills carpeted with purple heather, Alan Popovich stood knee deep in a fast-flowing river, weary but undaunted despite searching all day in the water without success. Stephen Castle, New York Times, "There’s Gold in Them Thar Braes," 27 Sep. 2020 Color choices range from undyed and Alpine white to pale gray heather with an Aegean stripe. oregonlive, "It’s the season of slippers: 5 snuggly items to pamper you as the temperature drops," 17 Sep. 2020 Popular items include a burgundy heather tee for $29.99, a black Washington ballcap by New Era for $33.99 and a women’s v-neck pullover for $64.99. cleveland, "Washington Football Team merchandise now on sale," 30 July 2020 This heather gray couch can seat three, and the cushions are removable for easy cleaning and spot treatment. Melissa Lee, USA TODAY, "This huge Wayfair 4th of July sale will save you tons on furniture, appliances and more," 25 June 2020 Groups of 20 or more hares gather each winter to nibble heather on leeward slopes, where the snow tends to be shallower. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, "Winners of the 2020 BigPicture Natural World Photography Competition," 11 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The pillows and blankets, which range in price from $275–$345 to $595–$695, respectively, come in off-white, heather taupe, coastal, and charcoal. Madeleine Luckel, Vogue, "Vince Will Launch a Home Collection This Fall," 28 July 2017

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First Known Use of heather


14th century, in the meaning defined above


1615, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for heather


Middle English (northern) hather

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

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19 Nov 2020

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“Heather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heather. Accessed 28 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of heather

: a low-growing plant of northern areas that has small leaves and tiny white or purplish-pink flowers


heath·​er | \ ˈhe-t͟hər How to pronounce heather (audio) \

Kids Definition of heather

: an evergreen heath of northern and mountainous areas with pink flowers and needlelike leaves

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