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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Heath  \Heath\,  n.  [OE.  heth  waste  land,  the  plant  heath,  AS 
  h??;  akin  to  D.  &  G.  heide,  Icel.  hei?r  waste  land,  Dan. 
  hede,  Sw  hed,  Goth.  haipi  field,  L.  bucetum  a  cow  pasture; 
  cf  W.  coed  a  wood,  Skr.  ksh?tra  field.  [root]20.] 
  1.  (Bot.) 
  a  A  low  shrub  ({Erica,  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}. 
 
  2.  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.  --Milton 
 
  {Heath  cock}  (Zo["o]l.),  the  blackcock.  See  {Heath  grouse} 
  (below). 
 
  {Heath  grass}  (Bot.),  a  kind  of  perennial  grass,  of  the  genus 
  {Triodia}  ({T.  decumbens}),  growing  on  dry  heaths. 
 
  {Heath  grouse},  or  {Heath  game}  (Zo["o]l.),  a  European  grouse 
  ({Tetrao  tetrix}),  which  inhabits  heats;  --  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  ({Lathyris 
  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. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  heath 
  n  1:  a  low  evergreen  shrub  of  the  family  Ericaceae;  has  small 
  bell-shaped  pink  or  purple  flowers 
  2:  (British)  a  tract  of  level  wasteland;  uncultivated  land  with 
  sandy  soil  and  scrubby  vegetation  [syn:  {heathland}] 
 
  From  U.S.  Gazetteer  (1990)  [gazetteer]: 
 
  Heath,  AL  (town,  FIPS  33904) 
  Location:  31.35510  N,  86.46688  W 
  Population  (1990):  182  (88  housing  units) 
  Area:  2.2  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Heath,  MA 
  Zip  code(s):  01346 
  Heath,  OH  (city,  FIPS  34748) 
  Location:  40.02687  N,  82.43735  W 
  Population  (1990):  7231  (2884  housing  units) 
  Area:  23.0  sq  km  (land),  0.0  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  43056 
  Heath,  TX  (city,  FIPS  32984) 
  Location:  32.84777  N,  96.47801  W 
  Population  (1990):  2108  (800  housing  units) 
  Area:  17.1  sq  km  (land),  0.1  sq  km  (water) 
  Zip  code(s):  75087 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Heath 
  Heb.  'arar,  (Jer.  17:6;  48:6),  a  species  of  juniper  called  by 
  the  Arabs  by  the  same  name  ('arar),  the  Juniperus  sabina  or 
  savin.  "Its  gloomy,  stunted  appearance,  with  its  scale-like 
  leaves  pressed  close  to  its  gnarled  stem,  and  cropped  close  by 
  the  wild  goats,  as  it  clings  to  the  rocks  about  Petra,  gives 
  great  force  to  the  contrast  suggested  by  the  prophet,  between 
  him  that  trusteth  in  man,  naked  and  destitute,  and  the  man  that 
  trusteth  in  the  Lord,  flourishing  as  a  tree  planted  by  the 
  waters"  (Tristram,  Natural  History  of  the  Bible). 
 




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