- Also called water hen. a common species of gallinule, Gallinule chloropus, of nearly worldwide distribution.
- any of several related gallinules.
- Chiefly British. the female red grouse.
Origin of moorhen
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Examples from the Web for moorhen
The nest and eggs of the Coot are very like those of the common Moorhen.Egyptian Birds
There, too, a moorhen goes, sometimes diving under the bough.The Hills and the Vale
The blades of the Nonpareil were knocking up water like a moorhen.News from the Duchy</p>
Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
The nightingales sang, the thrushes flew out before them, the wild duck and moorhen glanced on the pools.The Armourer's Prentices
Charlotte M. Yonge
She decided to go halves, to take two and leave two in the nest to console the moorhen when she came back.The Madcap of the School
- a bird, Gallinula chloropus, inhabiting ponds, lakes, etc, having a black plumage, red bill, and a red shield above the bill: family Rallidae (rails)
- the female of the red grouse
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