Definition of Heath

1. Noun. A low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers.




2. Noun. A tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation.

Definition of Heath

1. n. A low shrub (Erica, or Calluna, vulgaris), with minute evergreen leaves, and handsome clusters of pink flowers. It is used in Great Britain for brooms, thatch, beds for the poor, and for heating ovens. It is also called heather, and ling.

Definition of Heath

1. Noun. Any small evergreen shrub of the genus ''Erica''. ¹

2. Noun. A tract of level uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation; heathland. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Heath

1. an evergreen shrub [n -S]

Medical Definition of Heath

1. 1. A low shrub (Erica, or Calluna, vulgaris), with minute evergreen leaves, and handsome clusters of pink flowers. It is used in Great Britain for brooms, thatch, beds for the poor, and for heating ovens. It is also called heather, and ling. Also, any species of the genus Erica, of which several are European, and many more are South African, some of great beauty. 2. A place overgrown with heath; any cheerless tract of country overgrown with shrubs or coarse herbage. "Their stately growth, though bare, Stands on the blasted heath. " (Milton) Heath cock, the blackcock. See Heath grouse (below). Heath grass, a European thrush which frequents heaths; the ring ouzel. Origin: OE. Heth waste land, the plant heath, AS. H; akin to D. & G. Heide, Icel. Heir waste land, Dan. Hede, Sw. Hed, Goth. Haipi field, L. Bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. Coed a wood, Skr. Kshtra field. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Heath

heat treatment
heat unit
heat up
heat urticaria
heat wave
heat waves
heatable
heate
heated
heated up
heatedly
heater
heaters
heatest
heateth
heath (current term)
heath aster
heath family
heath fritillaries
heath fritillary
heath hen
heath pea
heath violet
heathbird
heathbirds
heathclad
heathcroppers
heathen
heathendom

Literary usage of Heath

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1. Publications by English Dialect Society (1886)
"There is in this countrie two kinds of heath, one which beareth his flowers alongst the stemmes, ... The general north-country and Scotch name for heath. ..."

2. The Return of the Native by Thomas Hardy (1917)
"CHAPTER V THE JOURNEY ACROSS THE heath Thursday, the thirty-first of August, was one of a series of days during which snug houses were stifling, ..."

3. The New England Historical and Genealogical Register (1912)
"Daniel heath of Amherst, Mass., the owner of the Bible from which the following ... They were the children of Samuel Wilbor and Elizabeth (Thayer) heath. ..."

4. Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the High Court of Chancery: During by Great Britain Court of Chancery, William Brown, Edward Thurlow Thurlow, Alexander Wedderburn Rosslyn, Robert Henley Eden Henley (1819)
"In order to do this, the words must have been understood as stopping at Edward heath, and then " for ever, if he " have a son, &c. ..."

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