Definition of erica in English:



  • A plant of the genus Erica (family Ericaceae), especially (in gardening) heather.

    ‘The Cape area has the responsibility of caring for the endemic fynbos species, with the illegal harvesting of proteas and ericas to supply the cut flower market being a major concern.’
    • ‘Heathers include pale pink erica canaliculata and the luminous yellow ericanana.’
    • ‘You seldom see heather indoors, but right now in my living room a specimen of the stately erica hyemalis with its bottle-brush spikes of lilac-pink flowers looks handsome in a terracotta pot.’
    • ‘Fuchsia and erica gardens provide colour near the Wonderland Statue.’
    • ‘However, well-drained soil will help prevent root rot, or erica wilt.’



/ˈerəkə/ /ˈɛrəkə/


Modern Latin, from Greek ereikē.