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  1. heath
  2. noun

    • 1. an area of open uncultivated land, typically on acid sandy soil, with characteristic vegetation of heather, gorse, and coarse grasses:

      horses were being exercised on the heath the marshland gave way to heath and sandy scrub
    • 2. vegetation dominated by dwarf shrubs of the heather family:

      heath vegetation
    • 3. a dwarf shrub with small leathery leaves and small pink or purple bell-shaped flowers, characteristic of heaths and moorland.

    • 4. a small light brown and orange European butterfly which typically has eyespots on the wings, the caterpillar feeding on grasses.

    • 5. a yellowish-brown chiefly day-flying European moth of heathland and grassland.

  3. Variation

    • n.: noun: heath, plural noun: heaths

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