heath hen

[ heeth-hen ]

  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

First recorded in 1585–95

Words Nearby heath hen

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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.

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British Dictionary definitions for heath hen

heath hen

  1. another name for greyhen

  2. a recently extinct variety of the prairie chicken

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