[ moo r-hen ]
/ ˈmʊərˌhɛn /


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.

Origin of moorhen

First recorded in 1250–1300, moorhen is from the Middle English word mor-hen. See moor1, hen Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for moorhen

/ (ˈmʊəˌhɛn, ˈmɔː-) /


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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