From Middle English heeth, heth, hethe, from Old English hǣþ (“heath, untilled land, waste; heather”), from Proto-Germanic *haiþī (“heath, waste, untilled land”), from Proto-Indo-European *kayt- (“forest, wasteland, pasture”). Cognate with Dutch heide (“heath, moorland”), German Heide (“heath, moor”), Norwegian hei (“heath”), Swedish hed (“heath, moorland”), Old Welsh coit (“forest”), Latin būcētum (“pastureland”, literally “cow-pasture”) -etum (“place of, grove of”).
heath (countable and uncountable, plural heaths)
- A tract of level uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation; heathland.
- ~1602, William Shakespeare, Macbeth, Act I, scene I:
- 1. Where the place?/2. Vpon the Heath/3. There to meet with Macbeth
- Any small evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae.
- 1974, GB Edwards, The Book of Ebenezer Le Page, New York 2007, p. 258:
- There was nobody living in Jim's old house, and some of the windows was broken; but there was heath growing back and front.
- Many of the species in the genus Erica
- Many of the species in the genus Cassiope
- Both species in the genus Daboecia
- Any of the species in the genus Epacris, Australian heath
- Any of the species in the genus Leucopogon, beard heath
- Any of the species in the genus Phyllodoce, mountain heath
- (countable) Certain butterflies and moths
- The palearctic species of Coenonympha, a genus of brush-footed butterfly
- Coenonympha pamphilus, native to Europe, Asia except tropical India and Indochina, and Northern Africa, the small heath
- Coenonympha tullia, native to Europe, Asia except tropical India and Indochina, and North America, the large heath
- Melitaea athalia, the heath fritillary
- Semiothisa clathrata, a moth known as the latticed heath
- The word heaths may describe multiple disconnected heathlands.
shrub of the family Ericaceae
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