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mud hen

or mudhen

any of various marsh-inhabiting birds, especially the American coot.
Origin of mud hen
First recorded in 1800-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for mud hen
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  • It looked like a cross between a mud hen and a duck, was gray in color and had a short bill.

    The Cruise of a Schooner Albert W. Harris
  • Boy and Dr. shot some robins and Jake got a mud hen; and from a passing wagon we secured a roast of beef.

    The houseboat book William F. Waugh
  • Seems the doctor said as he thought as it was a golden-headed oriole but the friend thought as it was a mud hen.

British Dictionary definitions for mud hen

mud hen

any of various birds that frequent marshes or similar places, esp the coots, rails, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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