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[pee-hen] /ˈpiˌhɛn/
the female peafowl.
Origin of peahen
late Middle English
First recorded in 1375-1425, peahen is from the late Middle English word pehenne. See peacock, hen Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • Run out to the terrace and see if the peahen has laid an egg.

    Prince Vance Eleanor Putnam
  • Then she changed into a peahen, and flew away with the others.

  • Then the girl turned again into a peahen, and flew away with the other eight.

    Serbian Folk-lore Anonymous
  • The peahen should, of course, be permitted to take charge of one set of eggs.

    Sheep, Swine, and Poultry Robert Jennings
  • For a remark on the words peacock, peahen, see the Chapter upon Gender.

    The English Language Robert Gordon Latham
  • Next to the peahen a turkey hen makes the best mother for peachicks.

    Our Domestic Birds John H. Robinson
  • I just remember that he had a neck like a three-decker, and a voice like a peahen's.

    My First Book: Various
  • There she met a peahen, and that peahen made friends with her and asked her name.

  • Then the peahen said, "I have a husband too, and he is very beautiful."

  • I to my peacock, you to your peahen, with a Godspeed from each to other.

    A Christmas Garland Max Beerbohm
Word Origin and History for peahen

c.1400, from Old English pawa "peafowl" (see peacock) + hen.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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