- the sage grouse, especially the female.
Origin of sage hen
An Americanism dating back to 1835–45
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Examples from the Web for sage hen
The sage-hen is abundant on the eastern flank of the Sierra.
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.First Across the Continent
A sage-hen crouching low in sand and shadowed by wait-a-bit thorn twigs is pretty well hidden.
He and the sage-hen lay still for a while, but it was not long before there was another arrival at the spring.