1. A low-growing Eurasian shrub (Calluna vulgaris) in the heath family, 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 *hǣddre.]
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