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heath family

the plant family Ericaceae, characterized by evergreen or deciduous shrubs, trees, and woody plants growing in acid soil and having simple leaves, often showy flowers either solitary or in clusters, and fruit in the form of a berry or capsule, and including the azalea, blueberry, cranberry, heather, madrone, mountain laurel, rhododendron, and trailing arbutus. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • But the laurel may be considered as an exceptional example of the heath family.

    My Studio Neighbors William Hamilton Gibson
  • Great Laurel (Rhododendron maximum) is also in the heath family.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • In the Tertiary also we get a member of the heath family, viz.

    Ancient Plants Marie C. Stopes
  • Andromeda, an-drom′e-da, n. a genus of shrubs of the heath family: the name of a northern constellation.

  • This plant belongs to the heath family, and is first cousin to the blueberry and cranberry.

    In the Wilderness Charles Dudley Warner
  • This volatile oil is obtained from the winter-green, an American shrub of the heath family, by distillation.

    The Art of Perfumery G. W. Septimus Piesse

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