any of various rails or raillike birds.
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Origin of marsh hen
An Americanism dating back to 1700–10
Words nearby marsh hen
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Example sentences from the Web for marsh hen
Marsh-Hen, much the same as in Europe, only she makes another sort of Noise, and much shriller.A New Voyage to Carolina|John Lawson
Sedge′-hen, a marsh-hen; Sedge′-war′bler, a reed-warbler, the sedge-wren.
British Dictionary definitions for marsh hen
any bird that frequents marshes and swamps, esp a rail, coot, or gallinule
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