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sage hen

  1. the sage grouse, especially the female.
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Origin of sage hen

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples

  • The sage-hen is abundant on the eastern flank of the Sierra.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 5, Slice 1


  • And it was not so small, either; the blue grouse is a large and heavy bird, next to the sage-hen the largest of our grouse.

    With the Indians in the Rockies

    James Willard Schultz

  • It grows abundantly in the alkali country, and is browsed upon by a species of grouse known as the sage-hen.

  • A sage-hen crouching low in sand and shadowed by wait-a-bit thorn twigs is pretty well hidden.

    The Red Mustang

    William O. Stoddard

  • He and the sage-hen lay still for a while, but it was not long before there was another arrival at the spring.

    The Red Mustang

    William O. Stoddard