heath

noun \ ˈhēth \

Definition of heath

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

play \ˈhēth-ləs\ adjective

heathlike

play \ˈhēth-ˌlīk\ adjective

heathy

play \ˈhē-thē\ adjective

Examples of heath in a Sentence

  1. not much grows on the heath besides heather

  2. drove through a vast, empty heath that seemingly had no end

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Origin and Etymology of heath

Middle English heth, from Old English hǣth; akin to Old High German heida heather, Old Welsh coit forest


Heath

biographical name \ ˈhēth \

Definition of Heath

Sir Edward (Richard George) 1916–2005 British prime minister (1970–74)


HEATH Defined for English Language Learners

heath

noun

Definition of heath for English Language Learners

  • : an area of land that is covered with grass and small shrubs


HEATH Defined for Kids

heath

noun \ ˈhēth \

Definition of heath for Students

1 : a low, woody, and often evergreen plant that grows chiefly on poor wet soil
2 : a usually open level area of land on which heaths can grow


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