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Heath

[heeth] /hiθ/
noun
1.
Sir Edward (Richard George) 1916–2005, British statesman: prime minister 1970–74.
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Heath

/hiːθ/
noun
1.
Sir Edward (Richard George). 1916–2005, British statesman; leader of the Conservative Party (1965–75); prime minister (1970–74)

heath

/hiːθ/
noun
1.
(Brit) a large open area, usually with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation, esp heather
2.
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.
any of several nonericaceous heathlike plants, such as sea heath
4.
(Austral) any of various heathlike plants of the genus Epacris: family Epacridaceae
5.
any of various small brown satyrid butterflies of the genus Coenonympha, with coppery-brown wings, esp the large heath (C. tullia)
Derived Forms
heathlike, adjective
heathy, adjective
Word Origin
Old English hǣth; related to Old Norse heithr field, Old High German heida heather
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Word Origin and History for edward heath

heath

n.

Old English hæð "untilled land, tract of wasteland," earlier "heather," influenced by Old Norse heiðr "field," from Proto-Germanic *haithiz (cf. Old Saxon hetha, Old High German heida "heather," Dutch heide "heath," Gothic haiþi "field"), from PIE *kaito "forest, uncultivated land" (cf. Old Irish ciad, Welsh coed, Breton coet "wood, forest").

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