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.’


Modern Latin, from Greek ereikē.