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Definition: heath cock
(h[=e]th), n. [OE. heth waste land, the plant
heath, AS. h[=ae][eth]; akin to D. & G. heide, Icel.
hei[eth]r waste land, Dan. hede, Sw. hed, Goth. hai[thorn]i
field, L. bucetum a cow pasture; cf. W. coed a wood, Skr.
ksh[=e]tra field. [root]20.]
(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
(Zo["o]l.), the blackcock. See Heath grouse
(Bot.), a kind of perennial grass, of the genus
), growing on dry heaths.
, or Heath game
(Zo["o]l.), a European grouse
), which inhabits heaths; -- called also
, black grouse
, heath poult
, heath fowl
. The male is called heath cock
; the female, heath hen
, and gray hen
. (Zo["o]l.) See Heath grouse
(Bot.), a species of bitter vetch (Lathyrus macrorhizus
), the tubers of which are eaten, and in
Scotland are used to flavor whisky.
(Zo["o]l.), a European thrush which
frequents heaths; the ring ouzel.