heather

Heather is a hearty flowering plant that's common in many parts of the world but most famous for growing in the Scottish Highlands.

Heather grows in low, dense mats, often in soil that's wet, acidic, or otherwise inhospitable. In Scotland, millions of acres are carpeted in colorful heather, and the country is closely associated with the plant. The Old English root of heather is hæddre, and the word was mainly used in Scots until the 16th century. As a girl's name, Heather was extremely rare until the 1930s, and its popularity exploded in the 1970s and 80s.

Definitions of heather
  1. noun
    common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
    synonyms: Calluna vulgaris, Scots heather, broom, ling
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    heath
    a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
  2. noun
    interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish shades with flecks of color
    synonyms: heather mixture
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    color, coloring, colour, colouring
    a visual attribute of things that results from the light they emit or transmit or reflect
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