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heath·er  (hr)
1. A low-growing Eurasian shrub (Calluna vulgaris) growing in dense masses and having small evergreen leaves and clusters of small, bell-shaped pinkish-purple flowers. Also called ling2.
2. See heath.
3. A grayish purple to purplish red.

[Alteration (influenced by heath) of Middle English hather, probably from Old English *hddre.]

heather adj.

heather  /hr/  n. [U] a wild, short plant with pink flowers: When the heather is in bloom in Ireland, its a beautiful sight. heather

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