heath hen

[ heeth-hen ]

noun
  1. an American gallinaceous bird, Tympanuchus cupido cupido, closely related to the prairie chicken and once a common inhabitant of coastal heaths from New Hampshire to Virginia: extensively hunted, especially during the Colonial period, the heath hen has been regarded extinct since 1932.

  2. the female of the black grouse.

Origin of heath hen

1
First recorded in 1585–95

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How to use heath hen in a sentence

  • Or he may have espied a heath hen on the shores of the Chesapeake.

    The Stronghold | Miriam Haynie

British Dictionary definitions for heath hen

heath hen

noun
  1. another name for greyhen

  2. a recently extinct variety of the prairie chicken

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