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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How to use moorhen in a sentence
At its narrow end it has a small bed of bulrushes, which has been inhabited by a pair of moorhens for several years past.Birds in London | W. H. Hudson
We have more than once shot moorhens in autumn with spawn dripping from their bills, and the birds themselves gorged with it.Poachers and Poaching | John Watson
At the sudden movement a pike struck, and two moorhens scuttled out of the water into the grass on the shore.After London | Richard Jefferies
Just below the shadow of the beech there is a sandy, oozy shore, where the footprints of moorhens are often traceable.Nature Near London | Richard Jefferies
There is, however, no better plan of teaching them to take to the water than letting them hunt moorhens.Sporting Dogs | Frank Townend Barton
British Dictionary definitions for moorhen
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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