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.
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 Zool., 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 Zool., 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. Zool. 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 Zool., a European thrush which frequents heaths; the ring ouzel.
n 1: a low evergreen shrub of the family Ericaceae; has small
bell-shaped pink or purple flowers
2: a tract of level wasteland; uncultivated land with sandy
soil and scrubby vegetation [syn: heathland]
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).