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

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 It’s not uncommon for players to lose five balls in the Jurassic-sized bracken and thick carpets of heather or off devilish cliffs. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 28 Nov. 2021 There was a wooden planter of Scottish heather near the biggest meeting halls, a small but tangible reminder of what could be lost if the delegates here failed to hold global temperatures down. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 20 Nov. 2021 Available in black with white lettering or heather gray with black lettering. Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2021 The butterfly sanctuary features many species of Florida flowering plants, chosen to create an ideal environment for butterflies to flourish, such as firebush, lantanas, firecracker plants, Texas sage, pentas, Mexican heather and Jatropha. Robyn A. Friedman, sun-sentinel.com, 28 Oct. 2021 East Anglia, the region with the country’s lowest average rainfall, is home to flora like corn chamomile, cordgrass and rolling heather but is also burdened with dry, sandy soil. New York Times, 15 Oct. 2021 Just 300 metres long and 175 metres wide, it is covered in heather and dotted with fragrant wild flowers. Angelina Villa-clarke, Forbes, 21 Sep. 2021 There is a lot of complexity here, with the fruit notes backed by herbal notes of tobacco leaf, dried heather potpourri and a bit of mint. Joseph V Micallef, Forbes, 7 Sep. 2021 Baltic Sea sprat smoked with heather and chamomile, say — to stretch your taste beyond its comfort zone and perhaps prime your next order. New York Times, 26 Aug. 2021 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, 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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“Heather.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heather. Accessed 3 Dec. 2021.

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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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