moorhen

[ moor-hen ]
/ ˈmʊərˌhɛn /

noun

Also called water hen. a common species of gallinule, Gallinule chloropus, of nearly worldwide distribution.
any of several related gallinules.
Chiefly British. the female red grouse.

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Origin of moorhen

First recorded in 1250–1300, moorhen is from the Middle English word mor-hen.See moor1, hen
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British Dictionary definitions for moorhen

moorhen
/ (ˈmʊəˌhɛn, ˈmɔː-) /

noun

a bird, Gallinula chloropus, inhabiting ponds, lakes, etc, having a black plumage, red bill, and a red shield above the bill: family Rallidae (rails)
the female of the red grouse
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