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heath·er / ˈhe[voicedth]ər/ • n. a purple-flowered Eurasian heath (Calluna vulgaris) that grows abundantly on moorland and heathland. Many ornamental varieties have been developed. ∎ inf. any similar plant of this family; a heath.

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heather (ling) Evergreen shrub native to Europe and Asia. It has small bell-shaped flowers of pink, lavender, or white. Family Ericaceae; species Calluna vulgaris. See also erica

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heather XIV (Sc. and north. hathir, etc.). The form hadder or hather prevailed in Eng. use from XVI to XVIII, when heather is first recorded; of unkn. orig., perh. repr. OE. *hæ̂ddre; app. assim. to HEATH1 or HEATH2.

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