English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , heeth , heth , from hethe 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 ” ), Welsh coed ( “ forest ” ), Latin būcētum ( “ pastureland ”, literally “ cow-pasture ” ) -cetum ( “ place of, grove of ” ).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
heath ( , countable and uncountable plural )
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
palearctic species of , a genus of Coenonympha brush-footed butterfly
, native to Europe, Asia except tropical India and Indochina, and Northern Africa, the Coenonympha pamphilus small heath , native to Europe, Asia except tropical India and Indochina, and North America, the Coenonympha tullia large heath
, the Melitaea athalia heath fritillary , a moth known as the Semiothisa clathrata latticed heath
Usage notes [ edit ]
The word heaths may describe multiple disconnected heathlands.
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Derived terms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
shrub of the family Ericaceae
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