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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.
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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]
(Biography) Sir Edward (Richard George). 1916–2005, British statesman; leader of the Conservative Party (1965–75); prime minister (1970–74)
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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]
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|Noun||1.||heath - a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers|
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
|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
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noun moorland, moor, scrub, upland, open country, heathland, common land The park contains natural heath, woods and wetland.
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