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Definition of HEN

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Hen \Hen\, n. [AS. henn, hen, h[ae]n; akin to D. hen, OHG. henna, G. henne, Icel. h?na, Dan. h["o]na; the fem. corresponding to AS. hana cock, D. haan, OHG. hano, G. hahn, Icel. hani, Dan. & Sw. hane. Prob. akin to L. canere to sing, and orig. meaning, a singer. Cf. {Chanticleer}.] (Zool.) The female of the domestic fowl; also, the female of grouse, pheasants, or any kind of birds; as, the heath hen; the gray hen. [1913 Webster]

     Note: Used adjectively or in combination to indicate the female; as, hen canary, hen eagle, hen turkey, peahen. [1913 Webster]

     {Hen clam}. (Zool.)
     (a) A clam of the {Mactra}, and allied genera; the sea clam or surf clam. See {Surf clam}. (b) A California clam of the genus {Pachydesma}.

     {Hen driver}. See {Hen harrier} (below).

     {Hen harrier} (Zool.), a hawk ({Circus cyaneus}), found in Europe and America; -- called also {dove hawk}, {henharm}, {henharrow}, {hen driver}, and usually, in America, {marsh hawk}. See {Marsh hawk}.

     {Hen hawk} (Zool.), one of several species of large hawks which capture hens; esp., the American red-tailed hawk ({Buteo borealis}), the red-shouldered hawk ({Buteo lineatus}), and the goshawk. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

82 Moby Thesaurus words for "hen":
     Bantam, Jane, Partlet, banty, barn-door fowl, barnyard fowl, biddy, bird, bitch, bossy, broad, broiler, brood mare, brooder, broody hen, capon, chanticleer, chick, chickabiddy, chicken, chicky, cock, cockerel, cow, dame, doe, doll, domestic fowl, drake, duck, duckling, dunghill fowl, ewe, ewe lamb, filly, fowl, fryer, game fowl, gander, gobbler, goose, gosling, guinea cock, guinea fowl, guinea hen, gyp, heifer, hen turkey, hind, jenny, lioness, mare, minx, nanny, nanny goat, partlet, peahen, poulard, poult, poultry, pullet, roaster, roe, rooster, setting hen, she-bear, she-goat, she-lion, skirt, slut, sow, spring chicken, stewing chicken, tigress, tom, tom turkey, tomato, turkey, turkey gobbler, turkey-cock, vixen, wench


Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 [moby-thesaurus]


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