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 for heather
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heath \Heath\ (h[=e]th), n. [OE. heth waste land, the plant
     heath, AS. h[=ae][eth]; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel.
     hei[eth]r waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. hai[thorn]i
     field, L. bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. coed a wood, Skr.
     ksh[=e]tra field. [root]20.]
     1. (Bot.)
        (a) A low shrub ({Erica vulgaris or Calluna vulgaris),
            with minute evergreen leaves, and handsome clusters of
            pink flowers. It is used in Great Britain for brooms,
            thatch, beds for the poor, and for heating ovens. It
            is also called heather, and ling.
        (b) Also, any species of the genus Erica, of which
            several are European, and many more are South African,
            some of great beauty. See Illust. of Heather.
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     2. A place overgrown with heath; any cheerless tract of
        country overgrown with shrubs or coarse herbage.
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              Their stately growth, though bare,
              Stands on the blasted heath.          --Milton
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     Heath cock (Zool.), the blackcock. See Heath grouse
        (below).
  
     Heath grass (Bot.), a kind of perennial grass, of the genus
        Triodia+({Triodia+decumbens">Triodia ({Triodia decumbens), growing on dry heaths.
  
     Heath grouse, or Heath game (Zool.), a European grouse
        ({Tetrao tetrix), which inhabits heaths; -- called also
        black game, black grouse, heath poult, heath fowl,
        moor fowl. The male is called heath cock, and
        blackcock; the female, heath hen, and gray hen.
  
     Heath hen. (Zool.) See Heath grouse (above).
  
     Heath pea (Bot.), a species of bitter vetch ({Lathyrus
        macrorhizus), the tubers of which are eaten, and in
        Scotland are used to flavor whisky.
  
     Heath throstle (Zool.), a European thrush which frequents
        heaths; the ring ouzel.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  Heather \Heath"er\ (h[e^][th]"[~e]r; 277. This is the only
     pronunciation in Scotland), n. [See Heath.]
     Heath. [Scot.]
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           Gorse and grass
           And heather, where his footsteps pass,
           The brighter seem.                       --Longfellow.
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     Heather bell (Bot.), one of the pretty subglobose flowers
        of two European kinds of heather ({Erica Tetralix, and
        Erica cinerea).
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  heather
      n 1: common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low
           evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere [syn:
           heather, ling, Scots heather, broom, Calluna
           vulgaris]
      2: interwoven yarns of mixed colors producing muted greyish
         shades with flecks of color [syn: heather mixture,
         heather]

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