• synonyms

marsh hen

  1. any of various rails or raillike birds.
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Origin of marsh hen

An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
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Historical Examples

  • Sedge′-hen, a marsh-hen; Sedge′-war′bler, a reed-warbler, the sedge-wren.

    Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary (part 4 of 4: S-Z and supplements)


  • Marsh-Hen, much the same as in Europe, only she makes another sort of Noise, and much shriller.

British Dictionary definitions for marsh hen

marsh hen

  1. any bird that frequents marshes and swamps, esp a rail, coot, or gallinule
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