erica

[er-i-kuh]
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noun

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)

Erica

[er-i-kuh]

noun

a female given name: derived from Eric.
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  • "It would be a great indulgence to stop eating," said Erica, sighing over the soup yet to be swallowed.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • "The 'we' refers only to you and Erica," said Aunt Jean, who had joined them.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • "No, thank you," said Erica, recoiling a little from the very odoriferous contents of the pipkin.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • The effect of being separated from her own people was, very naturally, to make Erica a more devoted secularist.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall

  • Leslie, with an outward smile and an inward sigh, turned to take leave of Erica.

    We Two

    Edna Lyall



British Dictionary definitions for erica

erica

noun

any shrub of the ericaceous genus Erica, including the heaths and some heathers

Word Origin for erica

C19: via Latin from Greek ereikē heath
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Word Origin and History for erica

Erica

fem. proper name, feminine form of Eric.

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