heath


heath
noun Etymology: Middle English heth, from Old English hǣth; akin to Old High German heida heather, Old Welsh coit forest Date: before 12th century 1. a. a tract of wasteland b. an extensive area of rather level open uncultivated land usually with poor coarse soil, inferior drainage, and a surface rich in peat or peaty humus 2. a. any of a family (Ericaceae, the heath family) of shrubby dicotyledonous and often evergreen plants that thrive on open barren usually acid and ill-drained soil; especially an evergreen subshrub of either of two genera (Erica and Calluna) with whorls of needlelike leaves and clusters of small flowers b. any of various plants that resemble true heaths • heathless adjectiveheathlike adjectiveheathy adjective

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  • Heath — (h[=e]th), n. [OE. heth waste land, the plant heath, AS. h[=ae][eth]; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel. hei[eth]r waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. hai[thorn]i field, L. bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. coed a wood, Skr. ksh[=e]tra field. [root]20.]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • HEATH (E.) — HEATH EDWARD (1916 ) Né à Broadstairs (Kent), Edward Heath sera le premier leader d’origine ouvrière du Parti conservateur. Après des études à Balliol College, Oxford, il participe à la Seconde Guerre mondiale, combattant en Europe en 1944 et en… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Heath — Heath, AL U.S. town in Alabama Population (2000): 249 Housing Units (2000): 138 Land area (2000): 0.910125 sq. miles (2.357213 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.002215 sq. miles (0.005737 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.912340 sq. miles (2.362950 sq. km) …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

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  • heath|y — «HEE thee», adjective, heath|i|er, heath|i|est. 1. of or having to do with a heath. 2. like a heath. 3. covered with or full of heath: »They walke …   Useful english dictionary

  • heath — [hēth] n. [ME hethe < OE hæth, akin to Ger heide, wasteland, heath < IE base * kaito , forested or uncultivated land > Welsh coed, forest] 1. a tract of open wasteland, esp. in the British Isles, covered with heather, low shrubs, etc.;… …   English World dictionary

  • heath|er — «HEHTH uhr», noun. 1. a low evergreen shrub with stalks of small, purple or pink, bell shaped flowers, covering many heaths of Scotland and northern England; ling; heath. Heather belongs to the heath family. 2. any one of various heaths common in …   Useful english dictionary

  • Heath —   [hiːθ],    1) Edward Richard George, britischer Politiker, * Broadstairs (County Kent) 9. 7. 1916; Bankangestellter, 1959/60 Arbeitsminister und 1960 63 Lordsiegelbewahrer. 1961 63 führte er die Verhandlungen mit der EWG über den Beitritt… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • Heath, AL — U.S. town in Alabama Population (2000): 249 Housing Units (2000): 138 Land area (2000): 0.910125 sq. miles (2.357213 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.002215 sq. miles (0.005737 sq. km) Total area (2000): 0.912340 sq. miles (2.362950 sq. km) FIPS code …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places


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