heather

[heth-er]
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:
1300–50; spelling variant of hether, earlier hedder, hadder, hather, Middle English hathir; akin to heath

heathered, adjective
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Heather

[heth-er]
noun
a female given name.
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heather (ˈhɛðə)
 
n
1.  ling, Also called: 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
 
adj
4.  of a heather colour
5.  of or relating to interwoven yarns of mixed colours: heather mixture
 
[C14: originally Scottish and Northern English, probably from heath]
 
'heathered
 
adj
 
'heathery
 
adj

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heather
1335, hathir, from O.E. *hæddre, Scot. or northern England dial. name for Calluna vulgaris, probably altered by heath, but exact connection to that word uncertain.
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Example sentences for heather
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.
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