heath

[ heeth ]
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noun
  1. a tract of open and uncultivated land; wasteland overgrown with shrubs.

  2. any of various low-growing evergreen shrubs common on such land, as the common heather, Calluna vulgaris.

  1. any plant of the genus Erica, or of the family Ericaceae.

Origin of heath

1
before 900; Middle English; Old English hǣth; cognate with German Heide,Old Norse heithr,Gothic haithi; akin to Welsh coed trees, wood

Other words from heath

  • heathless, adjective
  • heathlike, adjective

Words that may be confused with heath

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Other definitions for Heath (2 of 2)

Heath
[ heeth ]

noun
  1. Sir Edward (Richard George), 1916–2005, British statesman: prime minister 1970–74.

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British Dictionary definitions for heath (1 of 2)

heath

/ (hiːθ) /


noun
  1. British 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

  1. any of several nonericaceous heathlike plants, such as sea heath

  2. Australian any of various heathlike plants of the genus Epacris : family Epacridaceae

  3. any of various small brown satyrid butterflies of the genus Coenonympha, with coppery-brown wings, esp the large heath (C. tullia)

Origin of heath

1
Old English hǣth; related to Old Norse heithr field, Old High German heida heather

Derived forms of heath

  • heathlike, adjective
  • heathy, adjective

British Dictionary definitions for Heath (2 of 2)

Heath

/ (hiːθ) /


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

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