Irish heath

noun

: a low evergreen European shrub (Daboecia cantabrica) of the family Ericaceae that has slender leaves dark green above and whitish below and small nodding bell-shaped white or sometimes rosy or purplish flowers borne in erect terminal racemes

called also Saint-Dabeoc's-heath

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1785, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Irish heath was circa 1785

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“Irish heath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Irish%20heath. Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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