- moorhen(def 1).
- the American coot, Fulica americana.
Origin of water hen
First recorded in 1520–30
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Examples from the Web for water hen
I've filled in the pond and driven the swan and the water-hen to other haunts.Mary Gray
True, they were only water-hen's eggs, and not so large as the duck's eggs, but then she must not be too particular.Nobody's Girl
The water-hen (Gallinula chloropus) is common on the lake at Ootacamund.Birds of the Indian Hills
"He must have seized the water-hen as she dived," said Dick.
"There is a water-hen in the reeds, just before us," said Jimmy.
- another name for gallinule