heather
I. noun Etymology: Middle English (northern) hather Date: 14th century heath 2a; especially a common Eurasian heath (Calluna vulgaris) of northern and alpine regions that has small crowded sessile leaves and racemes of tiny usually purplish-pink flowers and is naturalized in the northeastern United States II. adjective Date: 1615 heathery

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

Synonyms:
, (Calluna vulgaris)


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