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erica

[er-i-kuh]
noun
  1. any of numerous low-growing evergreen shrubs or small trees belonging to the genus Erica, of the heath family, including several species of heather.
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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
  1. a female given name: derived from Eric.
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  • "No," said Erica, with something between a smile and a sigh.

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    Edna Lyall

  • The "garden" was Erica's favorite resort, her own particular property.

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    Edna Lyall

  • "But if I belonged to the larger party, I would at least be just to the smaller," said Erica.

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    Edna Lyall

  • Erica, who was very impetuous, snatched it away from her when she saw that look of sadness.

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  • There was something inspiriting in that thought, certainly, for Erica worshipped her father.

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British Dictionary definitions for erica

erica

noun
  1. any shrub of the ericaceous genus Erica, including the heaths and some heathers
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Word Origin

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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