heath

Heath is open land with low growing grasses and plants. If you travel to England, you can drive out in the countryside to see the heath that you've read about in novels.

An open, sandy field of low shrubs and scrubby plants like gorse and heather is called a heath. Another word for this kind of uncultivated countryside is moor. A particular evergreen shrub is also called a heath; it's a low-growing plant with purplish flowers that commonly grows on, you guessed it, a heath. The Old English root of heath is the word hǣth, which means "wasteland."

Definitions of heath
  1. noun
    a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
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    erica, true heath
    any plant of the genus Erica
    Bruckenthalia spiculifolia, spike heath
    small evergreen mat-forming shrub of southern Europe and Asia Minor having stiff stems and terminal clusters of small bell-shaped flowers
    Calluna vulgaris, Scots heather, broom, heather, ling
    common Old World heath represented by many varieties; low evergreen grown widely in the northern hemisphere
    Cassiope mertensiana, white heather
    heath of mountains of western United States having bell-shaped white flowers
    Connemara heath, Daboecia cantabrica, St. Dabeoc's heath
    low straggling evergreen shrub of western Europe represented by several varieties with flowers from white to rose-purple
    Bryanthus taxifolius, Phyllodoce caerulea, mountain heath
    small shrub with tiny evergreen leaves and pink or purple flowers; Alpine summits and high ground in Asia and Europe and United States
    Brewer's mountain heather, Phyllodoce breweri, purple heather
    semi-prostrate evergreen herb of western United States
    Erica arborea, briar, brier, tree heath
    evergreen treelike Mediterranean shrub having fragrant white flowers in large terminal panicles and hard woody roots used to make tobacco pipes
    Erica carnea, spring heath, winter heath
    dwarf European shrub with very early blooming bell-shaped red flowers
    Erica cinerea, bell heather, fine-leaved heath, heather bell
    common low European shrub with purple-red flowers
    Erica tetralix, bell heather, cross-leaved heath
    dwarf European shrub with rose-colored flowers
    Cornish heath, Erica vagans
    bushy shrub having pink to white flowers; common on the moors of Cornwall and in southwestern Europe; cultivated elsewhere
    Erica lusitanica, Portuguese heath, Spanish heath
    erect dense shrub native to western Iberian peninsula having profuse white or pink flowers; naturalized in southwestern England
    Erica perspicua, Prince of Wales heath, Prince-of-Wales'-heath
    South African shrub grown for its profusion of white flowers
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    bush, shrub
    a low woody perennial plant usually having several major stems
  2. noun
    a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy soil and scrubby vegetation
    synonyms: heathland
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    barren, waste, wasteland
    an uninhabited wilderness that is worthless for cultivation
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