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.
An example of something heath is a blueberry shrub.
- the place of one's birth or childhood
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Origin of heath
- Middle English uncultivated land from Old English hǣth kaito- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).