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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Any of various usually low-growing shrubs of the genus Erica and related genera, native to Europe and South Africa and having small evergreen leaves and small, colorful, urn-shaped flowers. Also called heather.
  • n. An extensive tract of uncultivated open land covered with herbage and low shrubs; a moor.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any small evergreen shrub of the genus Erica.
  • n. A tract of level uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation; heathland.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. A low shrub (Erica vulgaris or Calluna vulgaris), with minute evergreen leaves, and handsome clusters of pink flowers. It is used in Great Britain for brooms, thatch, beds for the poor, and for heating ovens. It is also called heather, and ling.
  • n. Also, any species of the genus Erica, of which several are European, and many more are South African, some of great beauty. See Illust. of heather.
  • n. A place overgrown with heath; any cheerless tract of country overgrown with shrubs or coarse herbage.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Open, uncultivated land; a desert tract of land; specifically, in Great Britain, an uncultivated tract of heathy or shrubby land, usually of a desolate character.
  • n. A plant of the genus Erica, or, by extension, of the genus Calluna; any plant of the family Ericaceæ, called by Lindley heathworts.
  • n. One of several small butterflies of different genera. The large heath is Erinephile tithonus; the small, Cænonympha pamphilus.
  • n. In Tasmania, the popular name for several species of the genus Epacris, especially E. impressa, a beautiful slender shrub bearing white or red axillary flowers. See Epacris.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
  • n. a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation

Etymologies

Middle English, uncultivated land, from Old English hǣth; see kaito- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English hǣþ, from Proto-Germanic *haiþī, from Proto-Indo-European *kaito- (“forest”). Cognate with Albanian kath ("type of wheat"), kasht ("straw"). (Wiktionary)

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