Definition of heather noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈheðə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈheðər//
[uncountable] Plants
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a low wild plant with small purple, pink or white flowers, that grows on hills and areas of wild open land (= moorland) See related entries: Plants Word OriginOld English hadre, hedre (recorded in place names), of unknown origin. The word was chiefly Scots until the 16th cent.; the change in the first syllable in the 18th cent. was due to association with heath.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: heather