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heather

[heth -er] /ˈhɛð ər/
noun
1.
any of various heaths, especially Calluna vulgaris, of England and Scotland, having small, pinkish-purple flowers.
adjective
2.
(of a yarn or fabric color) subtly flecked or mottled:
all-cotton turtlenecks in your choice of five solid colors plus heather gray and heather green.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; spelling variant of hether, earlier hedder, hadder, hather, Middle English hathir; akin to heath
Related forms
heathered, adjective

Heather

[heth -er] /ˈhɛð ər/
noun
1.
a female given name.
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  • Bracken is particularly abundant on the island, with heather growing in some other parts.
  • I found you weak as the mountain heather bending before the gentle breeze.
British Dictionary definitions for heather

heather

/ˈhɛðə/
noun
1.
Also called ling, heath. a low-growing evergreen Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Calluna vulgaris, that grows in dense masses on open ground and has clusters of small bell-shaped typically pinkish-purple flowers
2.
any of certain similar plants
3.
a purplish-red to pinkish-purple colour
adjective
4.
of a heather colour
5.
of or relating to interwoven yarns of mixed colours: heather mixture
Derived Forms
heathered, adjective
heathery, adjective
Word Origin
C14: originally Scottish and Northern English, probably from heath
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Word Origin and History for heather
n.

early 14c., hathir, from Old English *hæddre, Scottish or northern England dialect name for Calluna vulgaris, probably altered by heath, but real connection to that word is unlikely [Liberman, OED]. Perhaps originally Celtic. As a fem. proper name little used in U.S. before 1935, but a top-15 name for girls born there 1971-1989.

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