heath

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n heath a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation
    • n heath a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Heath (Bot) A low shrub (Erica vulgarisorCalluna 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.
    • Heath A place overgrown with heath; any cheerless tract of country overgrown with shrubs or coarse herbage. "Their stately growth, though bare,
      Stands on the blasted heath ."
    • Heath (Bot) 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n heath 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 heath A plant of the genus Erica, or, by extension, of the genus Calluna; any plant of the family Ericaceæ, called by Lindley heathworts. The species of Erica are widely distributed throughout Europe and the Mediterranean region, but are most abundant in South Africa, where they cover thousands of acres and constitute one of the principal forms of vegetation. The two best-known European species are E. cinerea, Scotch heather or fine-leafed heath, and E. Tetralix, the cross-leafed heath. (See cut under Ericaceæ.) The nearly allied genus Calluna, having only a single species, C. vulgaris, is more commonly called heather or ling. (See cut under Calluna.) In Great Britain heath or heather covers large tracts of waste land, and is used to thatch houses and to make brooms, and in some places for making beds. Sheep, goats, and cattle feed upon it, and bees extract a finely flavored honey from the flowers. The young shoots and flowers are said to have been formerly employed in the manufacture of beer. The species of southern Europe, Erica arborea, attains considerable size, and is called the tree-heath. From the wood of this species, and especially from that of another species of southern Europe, E. Mediterranea, are made most of the so-called brier-wood pipes, or brier tobacco-pipes. The moor-heaths belong to a section of the genus Erica called Gypsocallis by Don, and have somewhat different flowers and a different aspect. They are very beautiful plants, and inhabit moors and calcareous districts. The Cantabrian, Irish, or Saint Dabeoc's heath is a plant of a different genus of the heath family, Dabœcia polifolia. It is chiefly a native of Ireland, but is also found in western France, northern Spain, and the Azores. It is a dwarf, bushy, evergreen shrub, grows in dense tufts, and has racemes of purple flowers. It is also called Irish-whorts. The sea-heath, Frankenia lœois, is a low, heathlike maritime shrub inhabiting the European coasts. See Frankenia.
    • n heath One of several small butterflies of different genera. The large heath is Erinephile tithonus; the small, Cænonympha pamphilus.
    • n heath 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.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Heath hēth a barren open country: any shrub of genus Erica, or its congener Calluna, of the heath family (Ericaceæ), a hardy evergreen under-shrub
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Idioms

Heath Robinson - (UK) If a machine or system is described as Heath Robinson, it is very complicated, but not practical or effective, named after a cartoonist who drew very complicated machines that performed simple tasks.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. heth, waste land, the plant heath, AS. hǣð,; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel. heiðr, waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. haiþi, field, L. bucetum, a cow pasture; cf. W. coed, a wood, Skr. kshētra, field. √20
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. hǽð; Ger. heide, Goth. haithi, a waste.

Usage

In literature:

The haze over the heath shimmered with an apricot glow.
"Mummery" by Gilbert Cannan
East Heath Road skirts the edge of the Heath.
"Hampstead and Marylebone" by Geraldine Edith Mitton
Barnard's Heath, St. Albans, 229.
"England, Picturesque and Descriptive" by Joel Cook
And Alice Heath, who entered with Mrs. Crego, shared this chill reception.
"Money Magic" by Hamlin Garland
The famous Heath of Hampstead and Richmond Park should be included, but they are treated of elsewhere.
"Dickens' London" by Francis Miltoun
The purple of heath-bloom, faded but not withered, tinged the hills.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
The shoulder of the hill waved white with Mediterranean heath.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
One Saturday afternoon Chippy, the leader of the wharf-rats of Skinner's Hole, was crossing the heath on his way home.
"The Wolf Patrol" by John Finnemore
He greeted the open expanse of heath with joyful eyes.
"'Jena' or 'Sedan'?" by Franz Beyerlein
But, every year, the heath came nearer.
"The Old Willow Tree and Other Stories" by Carl Ewald
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In poetry:

O'er desert plains, and rushy meres,
And wither'd heaths I rove;
Where tree, nor spire, nor cot, appears,
I pass to meet my love.
"Song XII. - O'er desert plains, and rushy meres" by William Shenstone
``Here was I born, here nursed and bred,
From here shall carry still
Something of moor and bracken—bed,
Something of heath and hill.
"A Border Burn" by Alfred Austin
But rove he did: they had not been
One short hour the heath upon,
When he was nowhere to be seen;
"Where," said they, "is William gone?"
"The Two Bees" by Charles Lamb
What language can utter the feeling
Which rose, when in exile afar,
On the brow of a lonely hill kneeling,
I saw the brown heath growing there?
"Loud without the wind was roaring" by Emily Jane Bronte
The wind was on the withered heath,
But in the forest stirred no leaf:
There shadows lay be night or day,
And dark things silent crept beneath.
"Over The Misty Mountains Cold" by J R R Tolkien
Some in the sunny vales, beneath
The sheltering hills; and some, whose eyes
Were gladdened by the southern skies,
High up amid the blooming heath.
"The Meetings Of The Flowers" by Denis Florence MacCarthy

In news:

Allen & Heath demos its new iLive-T, a compact live sound reinforcement digital console at the recent 2009 Winter NAMM show.
The Guys Are Convinced Heath Ledger's Joker Was Inspired By Tom Waits.
To determine whether or not Heath Ledger based his Oscar-winning performance as the Joker on it.
And as a massive and innovative revitalization changes the face of Canada's largest and oldest social housing complex, one of the lessons learned is about the connection between culture and civic heath, creative expression and urbanity.
Heath Bell became the latest player jettisoned by the Miami Marlins when he was dealt Saturday to the Arizona Diamondbacks, who also acquired infielder Cliff Pennington from the Oakland Athletics for outfielder Chris Young.
Bill Owens and his Democratic challenger Rollie Heath will meet in Grand Junction for their first formal debate .
Heath Brothers, Jingle Bell Jazz, "Our Little Town".
Eleanor ellsworth of st James by-the-sea church, and historical society executive Director heath Fox at the presentation of the original deeds to the church.
Keeley Heath, 30, received the award from Super Lawyers magazine.
Steelers tight end Heath Miller (83) catches a nine-yard touchdown pass the Bengals' Leon Hall (29) tries to defend during the first half.
Water service will be off for most of today in an area along Mechem Drive and Heath Street because of repairs on a water leak.
Benched DeWitt QB Jacob Heath's wisdom makes him No.
Front row, left to right, Griffin Long, Heath Parker and Miller Hayes.
Vote For Heath Frisby In The ESPY Awards.
Heath Frisby has advanced past the first round in ESPN's ESPY awards.
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In science:

D J Heath, T Kobayashi, Essential tangle decomposition from thin position of a link, Pacific J.
A search method for thin positions of links
Heath-Brown, The twelfth power moment of the Riemann-function, Quart. J.
Bounds for $GL(3)\times GL(2)$ $L$-functions and GL(3) $L$-functions
This property is termed locally thin by D J Heath and T Kobayashi who investigate this property in .
Thin position for knots and 3-manifolds: a unified approach
This fact is used to advantage by D Heath and T Kobayashi in to produce a canonical tangle decomposition of a knot and in to produce a method to search for thin presentations of a knot. M Tomova has made strides in understanding this phenomenon, see .
Thin position for knots and 3-manifolds: a unified approach
In , D Heath and T Kobayashi also exhibit a knot containing a meridional incompressible surface that is not realized as a thin level in a thin presentation of the knot.
Thin position for knots and 3-manifolds: a unified approach
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