Sunset over the heath.
- Heath is defined as part of the family Ericaceae of plants.
An example of something heath is a blueberry shrub.
- The definition of a heath is a wasteland, or a plant in the genera Erica or Calluna, or a former British Prime Minister.
- An example of a heath is a dirty and open outdoor area.
- An example of a heath is the heather plant.
- An example of Heath was Britain's Prime Minister Edward Heath from 1970 to 1974.
- a tract of open wasteland, esp. in the British Isles, covered with heather, low shrubs, etc.; moor
- any plant of the heath family; esp., any of various shrubs and plants (genera Erica and Calluna) that grow on heaths, as heather
Origin of heathMiddle English hethe from Old English hæth, akin to German heide, wasteland, heath from Indo-European base an unverified form kaito-, forested or uncultivated land from source Welsh coed, forest
one's native heath
- Any of various usually low-growing shrubs of the genus Erica and other genera of the heath family, native to Europe and South Africa and having small evergreen leaves and small, colorful, urn-shaped flowers. Also called heather .
- An extensive tract of uncultivated open land covered with herbage and low shrubs; a moor.
Origin of heathMiddle English uncultivated land from Old English hǣth ; see kaito- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural heaths)
- The word heaths may describe multiple disconnected heathlands.
From Middle English heeth, hethe, heth, from Old English hǣþ (“heath, untilled land, waste; heather”), from Proto-Germanic *haiþī (“heath, waste, untilled land”), from Proto-Indo-European *kait-, *ḱait- (“forest, wasteland, pasture”). Cognate with Dutch heide (“heath, moorland”), German Heide (“heath, moor”), Swedish hed (“heath, moorland”), Old Welsh coit (“forest”), Latin bū-cētum (“pastureland”, literally “cow-pasture”), Albanian kath (“type of wheat”), kasht (“straw”).