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in botany, common name for some members of the Ericaceae, a family of chiefly evergreen shrubs with berry or capsule fruits. Plants of the heath family form the characteristic vegetation of many regions with acid soils, particularly the moors, swamps, and mountain slopes
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, in botany.



(Calluna), a genus of plants of the family Ericaceae, represented by only one species (C. vulgaris). A low evergreen shrub, usually 30-70 cm high, it has numerous small, sessile, almost trihedral leaves that are tegularly arranged in four layers. The flowers are also small and numerous on young branches in more or less unilateral racemes; the corolla is lilac pinkish, sometimes white, shorter than the bright, laminated calyx, which is colored like the corolla.

Heather grows in pine forests, in burned-out forests, and in peat bogs, often forming dense thickets. It is found in Europe, predominantly in the northern half, Asia (mainly in the western portion), North Africa (Morocco), the Azores, Greenland, and the Atlantic coast of America. Heather is a good nectar-bearer but gives a tart, or even bitter, honey; it had fodder value, especially in the Atlantic countries of Western Europe. Flowering branches are used as winter bouquets. Sometimes representatives of the genus Erica are also called heather.



Calluna vulgaris. An evergreen heath of northern and alpine regions distinguished by racemes of small purple-pink flowers.


1. a low-growing evergreen Eurasian ericaceous shrub, Calluna vulgaris, that grows in dense masses on open ground and has clusters of small bell-shaped typically pinkish-purple flowers
2. any of certain similar plants
3. a purplish-red to pinkish-purple colour
4. of or relating to interwoven yarns of mixed colours
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Up from Grinton is an amazing youth hostel-cum-castle and even further up over the remote, heathery tops are the remains of an old lead mine.
At best, bagpipes produce tones described as wistful, haunting and mournful, evocative of the misty, heathery fields of Scotland and Ireland; in unskilled hands, the oft-scorned instrument produces sounds compared with the noises of various tortured animals.
The trouble flared as Carfin Harp took on Windmill Amateurs at Heathery Park in Wishaw.
Those made near the sea can be salty and tangy, while those made in the far north, like Glenmorangie, tend to be more heathery and spicy in character.
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