Definition of ericaceous in English:



  • 1Botany
    Relating to or denoting plants of the heather family (Ericaceae ).

    • ‘Ledum groenlandicum, Labrador tea, is an ericaceous evergreen shrub of acidic, wet areas common to northern regions of North America.’
    • ‘The forest ground vegetation is mostly dominated by ericaceous dwarf shrubs.’
    • ‘O'Connell and Johnston, for example, found that microhabitat characteristics (e.g. presence of ericaceous shrubs or open canopy) had a larger effect on pollination success in the orchid Cypripedium acaule than floral traits.’
    • ‘Like other ericaceous plants, blueberries must be grown in acid soils so if azaleas and camellias do well in your garden, these will too.’
    • ‘Eradication of wild blueberries or other ericaceous plants in the vicinity of the blueberry planting is advised.’
    1. 1.1(of compost) suitable for heathers and other lime-hating plants.
      • ‘In early spring, apply a top dressing of ericaceous compost to give the plant a boost.’
      • ‘They arrived very well packed and I've potted them up into large tubs of ericaceous compost since they won't like our local soil.’
      • ‘Two years ago it was with great difficulty removed from its pot, its roots cut back and fresh ericaceous compost added.’
      • ‘Camellias like acid soil so plant in a clay pot filled with ericaceous compost.’
      • ‘Try growing it in a container in an ericaceous, well-drained compost.’


Mid 19th century from modern Latin Ericaceae (plural), from the genus name Erica (see erica).