- a tract of open and uncultivated land; wasteland overgrown with shrubs.
- any of various low-growing evergreen shrubs common on such land, as the common heather, Calluna vulgaris.
- any plant of the genus Erica, or of the family Ericaceae.
- Sir Edward (Richard George),1916–2005, British statesman: prime minister 1970–74.
- British a large open area, usually with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation, esp heather
- Also called: heather any low-growing evergreen ericaceous shrub of the Old World genus Erica and related genera, having small bell-shaped typically pink or purple flowers
- any of several nonericaceous heathlike plants, such as sea heath
- Australian any of various heathlike plants of the genus Epacris : family Epacridaceae
- any of various small brown satyrid butterflies of the genus Coenonympha, with coppery-brown wings, esp the large heath (C. tullia)
- Sir Edward (Richard George). 1916–2005, British statesman; leader of the Conservative Party (1965–75); prime minister (1970–74)
Old English hæð “untilled land, tract of wasteland,” earlier “heather,” influenced by Old Norse heiðr “field,” from Proto-Germanic *haithiz (cf. Old Saxon hetha, Old High German heida “heather,” Dutch heide “heath,” Gothic haiþi “field”), from PIE *kaito “forest, uncultivated land” (cf. Old Irish ciad, Welsh coed, Breton coet “wood, forest”).