heath hen

[ heeth-hen ]
/ ˈhiθ ˌhɛn /

noun

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.
the female of the black grouse.

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Origin of heath hen

First recorded in 1585–95
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British Dictionary definitions for heath hen

heath hen

noun

another name for greyhen
a recently extinct variety of the prairie chicken
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