from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A low-growing Eurasian shrub (Calluna vulgaris) growing in dense masses and having small evergreen leaves and clusters of small, bell-shaped pinkish-purple flowers. Also called ling2.
  • n. See heath.
  • n. A grayish purple to purplish red.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. An evergreen plant, Calluna vulgaris, with spiky leaves and small purple, pink, or white flowers.
  • n. The Ericaceae family.
  • n. Various species of the genus Erica.
  • n. Various species of the genus Cassiope.
  • n. A purple colour with a tint of pink and blue.
  • adj. Of a purple colour with a tint with pink and blue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Heath.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Heath: especially applied to Calluna vulgaris, the common heather.
  • n. The crowberry, Empetrum nigrum.
  • n. A tweed or similar fabric, usually 56 inches wide, woven of heather-wool, and presenting a color-effect like that of heather. Also called heather mixture.
  • n. Menziesia pilosa. See Menziesia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
  • n. interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color


Alteration (influenced by heath) of Middle English hather, probably from Old English *hǣddre.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)



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