- any of numerous low-growing evergreen shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Erica, of the heath family, including several species of heather.
Origin of erica
1820–30; < New Latin Erica, Latin < Greek ereíkē heath (plant), akin to Old Irish froech, Russian véres(k)
- a female given name: derived from Eric.
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Examples from the Web for erica
It was during this first conversation that Erica realized how much stigma her HPV status had.
Erica was especially concerned because she had received the available HPV vaccine.
Erica was 22 when her doctor called her and said she had an abnormal pap smear.
Erica is the foil to the unstable, decaying Beth—a kind, virtuous, smooth-skinned girl next door.Anna Kendrick: Queen Bee of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival
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Francis was reportedly worried that Carey might injure their baby daughter, Erica.In Months Before Wild Capitol Scene, Miriam Carey Battled Psychosis
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"No," said Erica, with something between a smile and a sigh.
The "garden" was Erica's favorite resort, her own particular property.
"But if I belonged to the larger party, I would at least be just to the smaller," said Erica.
Erica, who was very impetuous, snatched it away from her when she saw that look of sadness.
There was something inspiriting in that thought, certainly, for Erica worshipped her father.
- any shrub of the ericaceous genus Erica, including the heaths and some heathers
C19: via Latin from Greek ereikē heath
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Word Origin and History for erica
fem. proper name, feminine form of Eric.
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