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 h&aemac;th; 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”).