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.
[heth -er] /ˈhɛð ər/
noun
1.
a female given name.
/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
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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