noun Etymology: Middle English heth, from Old English hǣth; akin to Old High German heida heather, Old Welsh coit forest Date: before 12th century 1. a. a tract of wasteland b. an extensive area of rather level open uncultivated land usually with poor coarse soil, inferior drainage, and a surface rich in peat or peaty humus 2. a. any of a family (Ericaceae, the heath family) of shrubby dicotyledonous and often evergreen plants that thrive on open barren usually acid and ill-drained soil; especially an evergreen subshrub of either of two genera (Erica and Calluna) with whorls of needlelike leaves and clusters of small flowers b. any of various plants that resemble true heaths • heathless adjectiveheathlike adjectiveheathy adjective

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  • Heath —   [hiːθ],    1) Edward Richard George, britischer Politiker, * Broadstairs (County Kent) 9. 7. 1916; Bankangestellter, 1959/60 Arbeitsminister und 1960 63 Lordsiegelbewahrer. 1961 63 führte er die Verhandlungen mit der EWG über den Beitritt… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • heath — O.E. hæð untilled land, tract of wasteland, earlier heather, influenced by O.N. heiðr field, from P.Gmc. *haithiz (Cf. O.S. hetha, O.H.G. heida heather, Du. heide heath, Goth. haiþi field ), from PIE *kaito fore …   Etymology dictionary

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