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Heath Heath (h[=e]th), n. [OE. heth waste land, the plant heath, AS. h[=ae][eth]; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel. hei[eth]r waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. hai[thorn]i field, L. bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. coed a wood, Skr. ksh[=e]tra field. [root]20.] 1. (Bot.) (a) 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}. (b) 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}. [1913 Webster]

2. A place overgrown with heath; any cheerless tract of country overgrown with shrubs or coarse herbage. [1913 Webster]

Their stately growth, though bare, Stands on the blasted heath. --Milton [1913 Webster]

{Heath cock} (Zo["o]l.), the blackcock. See {Heath grouse} (below).

{Heath grass} (Bot.), a kind of perennial grass, of the genus {Triodia} ({Triodia decumbens}), growing on dry heaths.

{Heath grouse}, or {Heath game} (Zo["o]l.), a European grouse ({Tetrao tetrix}), which inhabits heaths; -- called also {black game}, {black grouse}, {heath poult}, {heath fowl}, {moor fowl}. The male is called {heath cock}, and {blackcock}; the female, {heath hen}, and {gray hen}.

{Heath hen}. (Zo["o]l.) See {Heath grouse} (above).

{Heath pea} (Bot.), a species of bitter vetch ({Lathyrus macrorhizus}), the tubers of which are eaten, and in Scotland are used to flavor whisky.

{Heath throstle} (Zo["o]l.), a European thrush which frequents heaths; the ring ouzel. [1913 Webster]


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  • Ling — may refer to: * Several species of fish: ** Burbot, Lota lota . ** Blue ling, Molva dypterygia . ** Cobia, Rachycentron canadum . ** Common ling, Molva molva . ** Pink cusk eel, Genypterus blacodes . ** Red hake, Urophycis chuss . * A Chinese… …   Wikipedia

  • Ling — ist der Familienname folgender Personen: David Ling (* 1975), kanadischer Eishockeyspieler Laura Ling (*1976), US amerikanische Journalistin Michael Ling (*1962), Justiziar des Bistums Mainz Pehr Henrik Ling (1776 1839), schwedischer Dichter,… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • -ling — ( l[i^]ng) suff. [AS. ling.] A noun suffix, commonly having a diminutive or a depreciatory force; as in duckling, gosling, hireling, fosterling, firstling, underling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ling — Ling, n. [Icel. lyng; akin to Dan. lyng, Sw. ljung.] (Bot.) Heather ({Calluna vulgaris}). [1913 Webster] {Ling honey}, a sort of wild honey, made from the flowers of the heather. Holland. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • -ling — [lɪŋ], der; s, e <Suffix>: 1. <Basiswörter sind vor allem Adjektive, oft solche, die einsilbig oder nicht abgeleitet sind> (ironisch oder abschätzig) bezeichnet eine männliche Person, die mit der im Basiswort genannten Eigenschaft… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • -ling — diminutive suffix, early 14c., from O.E. ling a nominal suffix (not originally diminutive), from P.Gmc. * linga ; attested in historical Germanic languages as a simple suffix, but probably representing a fusion of the suffixes represented by… …   Etymology dictionary

  • -ling — An adverbial suffix; as, darkling, flatling. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Ling — (l[i^]ng), n. [OE. lenge; akin to D. leng, G. l[ a]nge, Dan. lange, Sw. l[*a]nga, Icel. langa. So named from its being long. See {Long}, a.] (Zo[ o]l.) (a) A large, marine, gadoid fish ({Molva vulgaris}) of Northern Europe and Greenland. It is… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • ling — [ lıŋ ] noun uncount a low wild plant with green leaves and purple flowers that grows in open areas. Ling is a type of heather …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Ling — (izg. lȉng), Per Henrik (1776 1839) DEFINICIJA utemeljitelj švedske gimnastike, usp. lingijada …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • ling — Ⅰ. ling [1] ► NOUN ▪ a long bodied edible marine fish of the cod family. ORIGIN probably from Dutch; related to LONG(Cf. ↑longish). Ⅱ. ling [2] ► NOUN ▪ …   English terms dictionary

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