heath

[ heeth ]
/ hiθ /

noun

a tract of open and uncultivated land; wasteland overgrown with shrubs.
any of various low-growing evergreen shrubs common on such land, as the common heather, Calluna vulgaris.
any plant of the genus Erica, or of the family Ericaceae.

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Origin of heath

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, adjectiveheathlike, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH heath

health, heath

Definition for heath (2 of 2)

Heath
[ heeth ]
/ hiθ /

noun

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

British a large open area, usually with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation, esp heather
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
any of several nonericaceous heathlike plants, such as sea heath
Australian any of various heathlike plants of the genus Epacris : family Epacridaceae
any of various small brown satyrid butterflies of the genus Coenonympha, with coppery-brown wings, esp the large heath (C. tullia)

Derived forms of heath

heathlike, adjectiveheathy, adjective

Word Origin for heath

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

British Dictionary definitions for heath (2 of 2)

Heath
/ (hiːθ) /

noun

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