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heath

 (hēth)
n.
1. Any of various usually low-growing shrubs of the genus Erica and other genera of the heath family, native to Europe and South Africa and having small evergreen leaves and small, colorful, urn-shaped flowers. Also called heather.
2. An extensive tract of uncultivated open land covered with herbage and low shrubs; a moor.

[Middle English, uncultivated land, from Old English hǣth; see kaito- in Indo-European roots.]

heath

(hiːθ)
n
1. (Physical Geography) Brit a large open area, usually with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation, esp heather
2. (Plants) Also called: heather any low-growing evergreen ericaceous shrub of the Old World genus Erica and related genera, having small bell-shaped typically pink or purple flowers
3. (Plants) any of several nonericaceous heathlike plants, such as sea heath
4. (Plants) Austral any of various heathlike plants of the genus Epacris: family Epacridaceae
5. (Zoology) any of various small brown satyrid butterflies of the genus Coenonympha, with coppery-brown wings, esp the large heath (C. tullia)
[Old English hǣth; related to Old Norse heithr field, Old High German heida heather]
ˈheathˌlike adj
ˈheathy adj

Heath

(hiːθ)
n
(Biography) Sir Edward (Richard George). 1916–2005, British statesman; leader of the Conservative Party (1965–75); prime minister (1970–74)

heath

(hiθ)

n.
1. a tract of open and uncultivated land; wasteland overgrown with shrubs.
2. any of various low-growing shrubs of the genera Erica or Calluna, as heather, common on such land.
[before 900; Middle English; Old English hǣth, c. Old Saxon hētha, Middle High German heide, Old Norse heithr, Gothic haithi]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.heath - a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceaeheath - a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
erica, true heath - any plant of the genus Erica
Bruckenthalia spiculifolia, spike heath - small evergreen mat-forming shrub of southern Europe and Asia Minor having stiff stems and terminal clusters of small bell-shaped flowers
Calluna vulgaris, heather, Scots heather, ling, broom - common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
Cassiope mertensiana, white heather - heath of mountains of western United States having bell-shaped white flowers
Connemara heath, Daboecia cantabrica, St. Dabeoc's heath - low straggling evergreen shrub of western Europe represented by several varieties with flowers from white to rose-purple
Bryanthus taxifolius, mountain heath, Phyllodoce caerulea - small shrub with tiny evergreen leaves and pink or purple flowers; Alpine summits and high ground in Asia and Europe and United States
Brewer's mountain heather, Phyllodoce breweri, purple heather - semi-prostrate evergreen herb of western United States
bush, shrub - a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
2.heath - a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation
barren, wasteland, waste - an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation; "the barrens of central Africa"; "the trackless wastes of the desert"
Britain, Great Britain, U.K., UK, United Kingdom, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland - a monarchy in northwestern Europe occupying most of the British Isles; divided into England and Scotland and Wales and Northern Ireland; `Great Britain' is often used loosely to refer to the United Kingdom

heath

noun moorland, moor, scrub, upland, open country, heathland, common land The park contains natural heath, woods and wetland.
Translations

heath

[hiːθ] N (esp Brit) (= moor etc) → brezal m, páramo m (esp LAm) (also heather) → brezo m

heath

[ˈhiːθ] n (British)lande fheat haze nbrume f de chaleur

heath

n
(= moorland)Heide f; (= type of country)Heide f, → Heideland nt
(= plant)Heidekraut nt, → Erika f

heath

[hiːθ] n (Brit) (moor) → landa, brughiera; (plant) → erica, brugo
References in classic literature ?
Before she could speak, Annie had the cover off, and all were exclaiming at the lovely roses, heath, and fern within.
About halfway across the heath there had been a wide dike recently cut, and the earth from the cutting was cast up roughly on the other side.
I am not fond of nettles or thistles, or heath blossoms.
A ridge of lighted heath, alive, glancing, devouring, would have been a meet emblem of my mind when I accused and menaced Mrs.
I had half a mind to spend it by my study fire, instead of wading through heath and mud to Wuthering Heights.
He stood at the window mechanically picking leaves from a pot of heath placed in front of it, and drearily humming the forlorn fragment of a tune.
I got some breakfast on the Heath, and walked back to Doctors' Commons, along the watered roads and through a pleasant smell of summer flowers, growing in gardens and carried into town on hucksters' heads, intent on this first effort to meet our altered circumstances.
It was the night afore the great race, when I found him on the heath, in a booth that I know'd on.
Vancouver," "Labrador," "The White Mountains," the very names, thus casually mentioned on a Surrey heath, seemed full of the sounding sea.
As when Heavens Fire Hath scath'd the Forrest Oaks, or Mountain Pines, With singed top their stately growth though bare Stands on the blasted Heath.
When they arrived on the open heath, where Gurth might have had some trouble in finding his road, the thieves guided him straight forward to the top of a little eminence, whence he could see, spread beneath him in the moonlight, the palisades of the lists, the glimmering pavilions pitched at either end, with the pennons which adorned them fluttering in the moonbeams, and from which could be heard the hum of the song with which the sentinels were beguiling their night-watch.
The mail picked us up about dusk at the Royal George on the heath.